Give HIV Babies the Opportunity to Live (15 August 2007)

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Dr Lilian Dudley of the Health Systems Trust says that "HIV-positive pregnant women should be routinely offered the choice of abortion in the context of the serious challenge the pandemic presents to maternal health" (Argus, 9 August).
 
Whilst I realise that a pregnant HIV-positve woman would fear for the future of her baby, since she will eventually face death herself, surely her pre-born baby should be the opportunity to live?
 
Real Health Care gives both patients a chance at life.
 
There are many couples willing to adopt babies and there are baby homes where the baby could be cared for in the interim.
 
A pre-born baby is a child, not a choice.
 
Taryn Hodgson
Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa info@christianaction.org.za - 021-689-4481 - www.christianaction.org.za
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