Relentless Pursuit of Wisdom and Liberty

The weblog companion of, dedicated to pondering, "If Patrick Henry could see us now..."

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Cancer vs. abortion

From the Vatican, an amazing story about a courageous Italian woman who died this week. Rita Fedrizzi found out she had cancer around the same time she found out she was pregnant. She was told repeatedly that to survive the cancer she needed treatment, and the treatment would have killed the baby, so an abortion to facilitate treatment was needed (I couldn't find any mention whether the treatment was chemo, radiation, or what - either of those I can definitely imagine would be injurious to the baby). She refused both the treatment and the abortion, dedicating her remaining life to make sure her baby would survive. He was born slightly early but healthy three months ago, and apparently the cancer had advanced far enough to be untreatable.

Wow. I'm blown away at her selflessness, but as a soon-to-be father, I can definitely empathize.


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