Entries in Fetal Pain Law (2)


Study: Children Playing with Gaming Devices Experience Finger, Wrist Pain

ABC News(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- A new study shows that youngsters who spend a lot of time with handheld gaming devices tend to have wrist and finger pain.

The study was conducted on 257 students at two schools in St. Louis. The nine-to-15-year-olds who played with their Xbox or Gameboy tended to have more wrist and finger pain than their mobile phone-using counterparts.

The research was conducted to determine when children should be allowed to start using gaming devices and smartphones.

"Our study has shown the negative impact that playing computer games and using mobile phones can have on the joints of young children, raising concerns about the health impact of modern technology later in life," Yusuf Yazici, a professor of rheumatology at New York University Hospital, says in a news release. "We hope that further research in this area will shed light on what could be a serious health concern for today’s gaming children in later life."

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Nebraska Mother Denied Abortion Even as Uterus Crushed Fetus

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(GRAND ISLE, Neb.) -- Danielle Deaver was 22 weeks pregnant when her water broke and doctors gave her a devastating prognosis: With undeveloped lungs, the baby likely would never survive outside the womb, and because all the amniotic fluid had drained, the tiny growing fetus slowly would be crushed by the uterus walls.

"What we learned from the perinatologist was that because there was no cushion, she couldn't move her arms and legs because of contractures," said Deaver, a 34-year-old nurse from Grand Isle, Nebraska.  "And her face and head would be deformed because the uterus pushed down so hard."

After having had three miscarriages, Deaver and her husband, Robb Deaver, looked for every medical way possible to save the baby.  Deaver's prior pregnancy ended the same way at 15 weeks, and doctors induced her to spare the pain.

But this time, when the couple sought the same procedure, doctors could not legally help them.

Just one month earlier, Nebraska had enacted the nation's first fetal pain legislation, banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation.  So the Deavers had to wait more than a week to deliver baby Elizabeth, who died after just 15 minutes.

Abortion opponents have hailed the law, and legislators in 12 other states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Oregon -- are considering similar restrictions.

They say the law is based on medical evidence gained since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that led to legalized abortion in 1973.  But abortion rights advocates say the motive behind the laws is to challenge legalized abortion in the United States Supreme Court.

In her case, Danielle Deaver insisted, "We didn't want an abortion."

She said her doctors consulted attorneys about exceptions in the law because of the risk of infection that might destroy her chances of ever getting pregnant again.

"What we wanted," she said, "was our labor induced so that I would go into labor and give birth to her and the outcome of her life would not have been different."

"My health was at risk, as well," she added.  "We decided going forward it [premature labor] would be inevitable and we wanted nature to take its course.  We were told we couldn't do that."´╗┐

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