The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Father Henry Romero. An Associated Press article came out yesterday, talking about Nicaragua's total ban on abortions, including when a mother has an ectopic pregnancy. Why did Romero win the Knucklehead?
"A child is not a sickness," said Henry Romero, a priest who helped lead the campaign. "When two lives are in danger, you must try to save both the woman and the child. It's difficult to say now that it isn't possible to save both."The baby in an ectopic pregnancy can't be saved. If you don't believe me, ask the Mayo Clinic.
Pregnancy begins with a fertilized egg. This egg is called a zygote. Normally, the zygote attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. With an ectopic pregnancy, the zygote implants somewhere else.Romero is through his complete ignorance is condemning women to death, for that, I make Father Henry Romero today's Knucklehead of the Day.
More than 95 percent of ectopic pregnancies occur in a fallopian tube — the tubes that carry the egg from the ovaries to the uterus. These are known as tubal pregnancies. Ectopic pregnancies are possible in the abdomen, ovary or neck of the uterus (cervix) as well.
An ectopic pregnancy can't proceed normally. The developing embryo can't survive, and the growing placental tissue may destroy important maternal structures. Without treatment, life-threatening blood loss is possible.
About one in every 40 to 100 pregnancies is ectopic. Thanks to earlier diagnosis and treatment, the chance for future healthy pregnancies is better than ever before.
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