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On Unwanted Pregnancy
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
My first patient this morning is a female in her 20's. She does not appear to be sick but she looks really worried. She asked for a pregnancy test and I readily complied. After a few minutes, the result was in and I told her it was positive. "Oh my God! It can't be true!", she exclaimed."Doctor, I can really feel that I'm pregnant. But I have another problem", she continued. "I don't want to have this baby. Can you do one more thing for me?"

This situation is not new to me. At that point I already knew what she has in mind. She wanted her baby aborted. I told her that I don't do the procedure, and that as a doctor my duty is to protect and preserve life."Please doctor, help me!", she pleaded again and again. She was behaving like a child asking for something from her mom. I firmly said "NO" then I started giving her a lecture on what she should have done if she doesn't want to be pregnant. I then continued with what she is now supposed to do to take care of her pregnancy. She was quiet. I know her mind is drifting somewhere else.

Before I ended my advise I noticed tears rolling down from her eyes. I said sorry for not doing what she wanted me to do. I also told her that I can help her if she decides to go on with her pregnancy. She was silent, paid her bill, and left my clinic.

Countless of young ladies come to different clinics for abortion. Most of them come alone, some come with their husband, others with their parents. Yes, you read it right - the parents.

What kind of parents are they, you might ask. Instead of guiding their child on the right decision, they are even the first to tolerate bad ways. But in most cases it is even the parents who are persistent on their child to undergo abortion. A friend doctor often offer adoption of the baby right after the delivery just so they will push through with the pregnancy.

A friend told me that in Italy mothers prime their daughters on pregnancy when they reach pubertal age. By the time the daughter starts to entertain suitors, her mother supplies her with contraceptive pills. Although this is one way to prevent unwanted pregnancy, its as if the mother is tolerating her daughter to have sex at an early age, which is not good.

Maybe it is lack of knowledge, lack of proper guidance from parents, not having a sense of belonging, or just plain curiosity that drives these ladies to do these things.

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 7:33 PM  
  • At 10:10 PM, Blogger JO said…

    Just thought I'd share this for all those who are considering abortion.

  • At 4:28 AM, Blogger kat said…

    i'm wondering if the 'monring-after' pill is available in the philippines? i've always thought that if you think you are ready to have sex, you should research every possible way to have safe sex and deter an unwanted pregnancy. sometimes there are accidents; or sometimes, the sex may not be consensual. the "morning-after pill" works to prevent pregancy up to 72 hrs after intercourse and is NOT to be confused with the abortion pill. even here in the U.S., it seems not a lot of women know about the "morning-after pill" even though it's been around for decades.

  • At 9:12 AM, Blogger Amelyn R. Rafael,MD said…

    thanks, jo, for sharing such a beautiful poem. it will really help deter abortion from the minds of pregnant women.
    ECPs are available here in the Phil., Kat, but very few knows about them. Some people consider them abortifacient although they act before fertilization. The DOH recommend the use of the natural method (rhythm,withdrawal) and the artificial methods(OCPs,condom,diaphragm,injectables) for contraception.

  • At 4:53 PM, Blogger Dine said…

    It is not really lack of knowledge or proper guidance, it is a matter of moral values.

    i admire you for taking a stand, i just wish there were more support groups to help and guide to be moms in their dilemma.

  • At 7:32 AM, Blogger Amelyn R. Rafael,MD said…

    Yes, I think you're right, Dine. It is a matter of moral values.

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