I am STUNNED at this article-- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1211950/Premature-baby-left-die-doctors-mother-gives-birth-just-days-22-week-care-limit.html. What really stands out to me is that not only was the baby left to die, but the woman wasn't given drugs to prevent the birth from happening; the doctors just stepped aside and said "whatever." WHAT THE FUCK?!? I never knew until I read this that there are 'guidelines' about which premature babies should or shouldn't be treated....it makes me sick to my stomach. Also making my sick to my stomach are some of the comments after the article, ie "These rules were made because the baby is unviable at that age. Yes they can live for a couple of hours. It is sad to see this welfare mother so obsessed with making babies." The rage that statement invokes in me is so sharp it made my hands shake when i read it; when will the day come when women and their children aren't viewed as nuisances because their family doesnt fit the mold of "acceptable"? Not to mention that the article never makes any reference to the woman's economic status. It's just ASSUMED that becuase she's young and unmarried that she must be a "welfare" mother.
I can't help but wonder if the outcome of this story would have been different if the woman had been older, hadn't had 5 previous miscarriages, wasn't assumed to be poor, was married...essentially that she had "deserved" for her child to live.