anencephalia


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anencephalia

(ˌænənsəˈfeɪljə)
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another word for anencephaly
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Noun1.anencephalia - a defect in brain development resulting in small or missing brain hemispheresanencephalia - a defect in brain development resulting in small or missing brain hemispheres
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This legal mechanism would grant the rights of citizenship to the fetus, entering into direct contradiction with the rights of women, who could lose their right to legal abortion in the case of rape, when the fetus suffers from anencephalia or when the pregnancy endangers the woman's life, as well as the right to access emergency contraception.
In cases of anencephalia, the physical integrity of the woman is violated because her body is being transformed unnecessarily, given that the anencephalic fetus has no possibility of surviving outside the uterus.
In some decisions, the right to interrupt a pregnancy in the case of anencephalia is recognized, with references to the women's psychological health, but these rulings are full of inconsistencies in attempting to distinguish between "abortion" and "voluntary interruption of pregnancy" (9) Some decisions recognize adolescents' right to privacy and autonomy and to access to health services without the need for parental permission; other rulings protest that such freedoms for young people contradict parental authority.