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Pregnant women told to abort healthy foetuses

Clara Guibourg · 25 Feb 2012, 12:05

Published: 25 Feb 2012 12:05 GMT+01:00

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At least six pregnant women in the past three years have been told to abort foetuses who then turned out not be dead, according to Sveriges Radio (SR).

The radio station conducted a previous investigative report in 2009, uncovering a further 24 cases.

One woman who experienced this is Kate Wahlgren, from Kungälv in southern Sweden. She was told that she'd miscarried, and given abortive pills Cytotec to expel the foetus.

When a follow-up ultrasound revealed that the foetus in fact wasn't dead, the doctor recommended her to continue taking the pills anyway.

Since she'd already started taking abortive pills, there was a risk that her child would be born disfigured.

"I was very sad. I felt misled, very misled," said Kate Wahlgren, who decided to continue her pregnancy after all, to SR.

Today her baby is seven months old, and, according to its mother, completely healthy.

Monica Ericson Sjöström, chief of medicine in the Bohuslän region, understands Kate Wahlgren's reaction.

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"It's very unfortunate that she feels badly treated. I understand that she has a hard time comprehending what happened," she said to SR.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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12:33 February 25, 2012 by johnny1939
Nobody should be told to abort a baby the situation should be explained and the decision left up to the individual involved. This story is very scary. Abortions in Sweden are just too openhanded and for vague reasons. So you do not like the sex of the baby no problem.
15:28 February 25, 2012 by zooeden
And still 40 million kr have been cut down from healthcare, lack of professionalism, lack of staff, lack of morals I mean : the doctor recommended her to continue taking the pills anyway!!! As the dad I would go and strangle the doc and post it to his or her family. You would get maybe 2 years on the can plus internet, movies and AC, why not!!!

I guess the doctors didnt say that to the Queen right!?
17:39 February 25, 2012 by karex
It appears that the future Queen's doctor is a relative. That would also explain the vested interest.
19:42 February 25, 2012 by Ter76
This is horrific!!! Having a baby is scary and worrying time without all this to deal with it.... Seems to me too many people are getting away with way too much.
21:13 February 25, 2012 by Puffin
This is not an uncommon problem the world over - I know someone this happened to in the UK

Unfortunately the technology does not always locate a heartbeat in early pregnancy
21:18 February 25, 2012 by dizzymoe33
How about implementing a check's and balance's in the hospital? I really believe another independent ultrasound by a different doctor should have been performed to double check if in fact the baby had been miscarried. I would have demanded another Doctor to double check what I was being told. And then I still would have waited to take any medication until I was absolutely sure it was necessary.
21:48 February 25, 2012 by teejees
Something like this happened me just at the end of last year where I had a scan and the doctor could not find anything and said I had a full miscarriage. We were devastated with the news and its quite hard to think straight when you are in that situation and to ask for a second opinion because you trust the doctor. Anyhow a week on I was feeling really unwell and went to the hospital where they did another scan and to our surprise they found the baby and the heartbeat. We had a meeting with the doctor who made the mistake and also their boss who was reporting it to a higher level. I do not know what has happened from there but after reading this article I am going to definitely ask my midwife when I see her next as I would hate for anybody else to be put in this situation.
22:36 February 25, 2012 by skogsbo
You can always just decline all medical help, just conceive and hide for 9 months. All medical tests, checks and intervention carries risk, but it's better than none, try asking a billion mothers in the 3rd what they would prefer.
23:10 February 25, 2012 by TheWatchman
Wow that's horrible.
02:15 February 26, 2012 by acidcritic
We mut put the issue in a broader context. I believe cultural and scientific development is coming to an end. Otherwise, how could you explain that guys that studied 6 or more years in high level universities and hospitals, under the advise of high qualified medical doctors, can make such a monster mistakes? Or some of the pregnant women were foreigners and we are facing hard core nazism?
07:37 February 26, 2012 by Lavaux
Hey, a foetus is just a lump of tissue, right? That's what we're all supposed to believe to keep the feminists happy, anyway. So what's the difference between being told to abort a perfectly healthy foetus by doctor or a feminist? Oh, I see ... if the mother wants to bring the perfectly healthy foetus to term, then it's a baby, but otherwise its just a lump of tissue.
20:00 February 26, 2012 by glenquagmaire
ohh my god!!! the more I read about Sweden and its underlying problem... I feel it is really a dark and dry place... I would love to think otherwise for my host though!!
21:35 February 26, 2012 by awash
hmm no wonder, more than 30thousand creatures are being killed every year but nobody has ever been charged for such heinous crimes; instead these same people are making such a big NOISE over a piece of boy's flesh they "mutilate". hypocrisy at highest level.
03:46 February 27, 2012 by Evander
What a frightening experiance for those poor families! Perhaps they should make a habbit of checking twice?

Let's be realistic about those abortion opinions though. If a doctor believes a woman has miscarried, then she is right to suggest aborting the already dead fetus. It can't stay in there for ever. It needs to come out for the mothers safety.
13:55 February 27, 2012 by rohermoker
I see that in Sweden as in the US doctors kill more people than guns do.
16:25 March 2, 2012 by billyb362
How about 'After-birth abortions?'

This philosophy is now making its way into mainstream!

"The fact that a fetus has the potential to become a person who will have an acceptable life is no reason for prohibiting abortion. Therefore, we argue that, when circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, 'after-birth abortion' should be permissible, as well."

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22:15 March 9, 2012 by ramshead
This abortion thing has gotten out of hand in Sweden and definitely in America. The futures of our countries is in the generations to come and we are killing our futures. There is no greater gift than children. People can come up with all sorts of reasons to abort an unborn child, but none of them can truly be justified outside the life of the mother and I don't mean her lifestyle.
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