anencephaly

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anencephaly

[‚an‚en′sef·ə·lē]
(medicine)
A neural tube defect resulting in gross underdevelopment of the brain in fetal life.
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Since Daddy needed the clone's whole body, our strongest argument was that anencephalic clones met the federal definition of "human being." Although death row proved that not all human beings had a right to life, it was pretty clear that one human being didn't have the right to kill another in order to acquire organs.
Sally suggests that, in the future, if she were to birth another anencephalic baby she would like to explore the option of consenting to organ donation when the baby is about 10 hours of age in order to help the survival of other babies.
After the Supreme Court's decision, El Salvador's health minister, Maria Rodriguez, announced that Beatriz would be permitted to undergo a "premature Caesarean section," which she said was not an abortion, but an "induced birth." That procedure was carried out on June 3; the anencephalic newborn died five hours later.
Since anencephalic newborns have a brain stem, they can also have spontaneous breathing.
Additionally, anencephalic fetuses generally have inhibited respiratory functioning and often subsist only with the assistance of a respiratory apparatus.
thresh hold for fetal pole detection is in 5th weeks and for embryonic pole is at 5-6 weeks, when the mean sac diameter is between 5 and 12 mm.12 Abnormal single pregnancies visualized in 0.57% patients having anencephalic ,hydrocephalic fetuses and numerous cysts in the fetal abdominal cavity.
Fazal Kahn & Brian Lea, Paging King Solomon: Towards Allowing Parents" to Donate Organs of Anencephalic Infants, 6 IND.
Human Rights Committee decided its first abortion case, which dealt with a seventeen-year-old Peruvian girl who'd been forced to carry an anencephalic fetus one missing most of its forebrain--to term, despite the fact that it had no chance of surviving more than a few days outside the womb.
Ending the lives of such living patients harms them no more than abortion of living anencephalic fetuses harms them.