Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ventilation (Breathing), Blood pH, and Death by Forced Abortion

Multiple Choice Question

China’s One Child Policy (each couple can only have one child) is secretly enforced by forced abortions. Late-term pregnant women are dragged kicking and screaming into filthy clinics, strapped down to a bed, induced to undergo labor, and forced to pay for the removal of the fetus’ carcass (or it is left next to her for her to discard). And no, local government officials do not provide grief counseling to these women – that is a privilege, not a right. 

Learn more at Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, which was founded by Reggie Littlejohn, JD.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice. Forced abortion is not a choice.” 
       -Reggie Littlejohn, JD

Some women die during these forced abortions. These events can be very violent and prolonged, during which the victim experiences physical and mental abuses. One cause of death in women who are not physically beaten may be because of acute acidosis, which is the drop in pH of the blood. Severe results of acute acidosis include coma, delirium, and tremors. Which of the following are reasons behind acute acidosis?

a. Being strapped down on her back for a prolonged period caused the fetus to squish the mother’s inferior vena cava against her spine, preventing deoxygenated blood from returning to the heart. (The inferior vena cava is the main vein that brings blood from the lower body back to the heart.)

b. An overdose of anesthesia impairs ventilation. The caregivers, if they can be called that, may not be properly trained. 

c. Physical trauma to the head can impair ventilation. 

d. All of the above.

Answer: d

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