I just want to point out that if a mother’s mental health is worth less than her child, what happens when (or if) she commits suicide? As a person diagnosed with depression this is very concerning to me.
The mental and physical health of a pregnant mother is obviously incredibly important. But so is the health of her preborn son or daughter. We live in an age of amazing medical advancements. If a pregnant mother is suicidal, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where having to live with the fact that she killed her child through abortion would be helpful to her mental health. Instead of placing her at further risk for depression and suicide, she should seek psychiatric and psychological healthcare. There are psychotropic drugs available that are safe for preborn children if properly administered and carefully monitored.
From the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines on psychiatric medication use during pregnancy and lactation…
An estimated 500,000 pregnancies in the United States each year involve women who have or who will develop psychiatric illness during the pregnancy. The use of psychotropic medications in these women is a concern because of the risks of adverse perinatal and postnatal outcomes. However, advising these women to discontinue medication presents new risks associated with untreated or inadequately treated mental illness, such as poor adherence to prenatal care, inadequate nutrition, and increased alcohol and tobacco use.
Ideally, decisions about psychiatric medication use during and after pregnancy should be made before conception. The use of a single medication at a higher dosage is preferred over multiple medications, and those with fewer metabolites, higher protein binding, and fewer interactions with other medications are also preferred. All psychotropic medications cross the placenta, are present in amniotic fluid, and can enter breast milk.
Life often presents us with difficult challenges. What we must always remember is that a child should never have to die for us to overcome those challenges.
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