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Question: Would your abort if you knew your unborn would be born with this?




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 Would you abort this baby?

Its a birth defect, and most babie born with die with 2 hours, or not even make it. Its rare for them to live loger than 2 days.

Facts about Anencephaly

Pronounced an-en-sef-uh-lee

Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). These are birth defects that happen during the first month of pregnancy, usually before a woman knows she is pregnant. As the neural tube forms and closes, it helps form the baby’s brain and skull (upper part of the neural tube), spinal cord, and back bones (lower part of the neural tube).

Anencephaly happens if the upper part of the neural tube does not close all the way. This often results in a baby being born without the front part of the brain (forebrain) and the thinking and coordinating part of the brain (cerebrum). The remaining parts of the brain are often not covered by bone or skin.

Unfortunately, almost all babies born with anencephaly will die shortly after birth. CDC estimates that each year, about 1 in every 4,859 babies in the United States will be born with anencephaly.1

Did You Know?

Women can take steps before and during pregnancy to reduce the risk of having a baby born with birth defects. Such steps include taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid (400 micrograms), not smoking, and not drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Learn more about how to prevent birth defects »

Causes and Risk Factors

Like many families affected by birth defects, CDC wants to find out what causes them. Research gives us important clues about things that might raise or lower the risk of having a baby affected by birth defects, such as anencephaly. Those clues help us develop sound public health policies for prevention.

CDC works with many other researchers to study risk factors that can increase the chance of having a baby affected by anencephaly. Scientists believe that many factors such as genes, behaviors, and things in the environment are involved. CDC researchers have reported important findings about some factors that affect the risk for anencephaly:

  • Low intake of folic acid before getting pregnant and in early pregnancy increases the risk of having a pregnancy affected by neural tube defects, including anencephaly.2

  • There has been a 27% decline in pregnancies affected by neural tube defects (spina bifida and anencephaly) since the United States began fortifying enriched grains with folic acid.2

  • Babies born to Hispanic mothers are at an increased risk for anencephaly.3 Reasons for the increased risk among Hispanic mothers are not well understood.

CDC continues to study birth defects like anencephaly and how to prevent them. If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, talk with your doctor about ways to increase your chance of having a healthy baby.


Anencephaly can be diagnosed during pregnancy or after the baby is born.

During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, there are screening tests (prenatal tests) to check for birth defects and other conditions. Anencephaly would result in an abnormal result on a blood or serum screening test or it might be seen during an ultrasound (which creates pictures of the body).

After the Baby is Born

In some cases, anencephaly might not be diagnosed until after the baby is born. Anencephaly is immediately seen at birth.


There is no known cure or standard treatment for anencephaly. Unfortunately, almost all babies born with anencephaly will die shortly after birth.

Posted by Anonymous on Sep. 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM
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by Anonymous 55 on Sep. 20, 2012 at 8:48 PM
That is sad! I would still want that time to love my child. :-(. I would want pictures and the memory. Yes the pictures would be hard but the baby still deserves that celebration.

Quoting momof2little1s:

:-( sadly with anencephaly the baby would not feel love. That part of their brain does not develop. The only thing their brain does is control automatic nuerological responses.

Quoting Anonymous:

I agree. They deserve those few hours to be held and to know they are loved! They are still human.

Quoting Anonymous:

No im not for abortion regardless of how baby looks....They are human beings and have a right to live doesnt matter if its hours or days....
by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 8:52 PM
When I was pregnant I rejected the test to see if there was abnormal results. I tried 6 months to get pregnant so it wasn't even an option to get an abortion. I feel so bad for anyone who has to go through this. That would be so hard for anyone. This is so sad
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by Anonymous 57 on Sep. 20, 2012 at 8:54 PM
Cruel and inhumane? Why not educate yourself before making such erroneous judgements. I aborted for a condition incompatible with life at 23 weeks.

My abortion consisted of inducing labor. How is that "cruel and inhumane"? I was able to hold him and say goodbye. Most women who have 2nd trimester abortions for a terminal fetal condition opt for L&D abortions.

Quoting Susan0805:

No. Abortions are cruel and inhumane. Imo
by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

I wouldn't abort a baby no matter what. God chooses when to take a life, not me.

by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM


by Member on Sep. 20, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I had never thought of it that way. This might be my answer too, but I wouldn't know unless I was in that position.

Quoting Anonymous:

 No because while as sad as this is I would not abort if the babies organs can be donated to other babies that need it at least then I know my baby didn't die in vain. I hope I never have to make that choice though.

by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM

If it is such a high likelihood of death anyway, I would carry to term. Never know, your baby could be the one to defy the odds and beat that 2 days, and be able to carry on for a full life. I would rather it die naturally than at my hand.

by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I'd abort.

by Anonymous 58 on Sep. 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Yes. It's a lethal/severely debilitating defect. I think I would "say goodbye early." 

by Bronze Member on Sep. 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM
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