The Lancet, a British medical journal, has published
new information that questions the need to abort a baby to improve
the prognosis for a pregnant patient with cancer.
Dr. Julie Griffin of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) tells
OneNewsNow about the study, which was led by respected Belgian
cancer physician Frederic Amant. Though his research
indicates the possibility of saving both the baby and
mother, it does not suggest that outcome can be accomplished
in all cases.
"But definitely there is reason to believe that a
mother and her preborn child can withstand the throes and the
treatment of chemotherapeutics, and both can make it through a
pregnancy safely, and the child will do quite well," Dr.
The medical evidence in the study encourages working harder to
maintain and salvage the child's life and not to make a hasty
decision to abort the child.
"I think that it's something that is supported biblically
-- that when we look to save both lives that that is something
the Lord wants us to do," the CMA spokesperson suggests. "So we as
believers need to continue to point in that direction, and even
through the medical evidence that is now pointing towards the
importance of both lives and the possibility of both lives being
Still, the question arises of when abortion would be necessary.
Griffin says that depends on the "covenant relationship" between
the doctor and patient, as well the father. She concludes that it
needs to be approached on the basis "of hope and the sanctity of
life and weighing the very difficult decisions that sometimes have
to be made."