I normally link videos directly but this one’s rather spectacular despite being locked to the site.
TLDR? Ultrasounds during pregnancy are not good.
The points made?
1. All interventions of birth defects are abortions
Not quite. A lot of the interventions can save a child by simple interventions. A good example is the treatment of twins. Ultrasonogram is the gold standard, not having an ultrasound would force doctors to rely on palpation leading to a more stressful birth. Now imagine how stressful life is having a normal delivery get converted to a C-Section due to the “surprise” of twins.
2. Ultrasounds cause unnecessary anxiety
Dear Rabbi.. You are an expert in the religious texts of your god while medicine is an expert in fixing human beings. Don’t bring 2500 year old texts to a science fight. I get it. You don’t like abortions because you think severely ill children are a gift from a loving god designed to challenge you. But we believe it’s a woman’s choice on whether or not they wish to care for a child who may never ever grow up. For instance? My dear friend “A” lost a baby like this. I use the term baby because she wanted the foetus to grow up to be a child. The foetus had no diaphragm and was not expelling urine. So it’s bladder had grown to a large size and simply crushed the other organs into dysfunction. Had the child been born? It would have died shortly. The trauma of carrying the child to that state for another 8 to 10 weeks was too much. A late term abortion was done and the child even had a funeral and a name.
The anxiety of whether or not a child is healthy is present even in patients who don’t get to see their ultrasonograms. In your mind the health of the child isn’t important, but most parents want to know how healthy the child is when the child is born. They ask. Mothers are anxious about the health of their babies and for most parents this can assauge such anxiety more than it not existing.
3. I don’t get the third point he makes. If we know about a birth defect then a miracle is required to change the status of the child.
Schrodinger’s cat. Your cat is technically alive and happy as long as you ignore the distressing signs coming from the box…
This is the rather laughable notion that no news is good news. But also lives under the assumption that the number of children aborted due to diseases is worse than the number of children and mothers saved by prompt medical intervention.
To hear him speak, one would assume that these interventions detract from the miracles god would have performed had we not peeked, because god is some sort of divine Ob/Gyn.
4. There are things human beings are not meant to know…
Human beings aren’t really meant to know how your insides look without cutting someone in half like an inept magician but thanks to the advent of CT and MRI we can see these things. It’s simple? Don’t ask the gender of the baby. Doctors don’t just blurt it out, it’s generally not told unless you request it. This is literally the least and basest use of ultrasound. That’s like banning writing because you can draw penises on the paper.
5. There are Medical issue with Ultrasound
No there aren’t. In ever case, USG has proven to be safe and is a cheap, easily available method of visualising the foetus.
It is kind of irritating when religious leaders think they are fit to offer medical advice based on the vast knowledge of the archaic laws of ancient religions while having little knowledge of human physiology and the technology involved.
If we are debating the natural order of things then perhaps we should note that speaking to someone via devices made of sand and dead life forms for millions of years ago powered by tame lightning made from burning dead monsters is highly unnatural as things go. More so than a simple ultrasound.