anencephalia


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Synonyms for anencephalia

a defect in brain development resulting in small or missing brain hemispheres

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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.
There are also high numbers of stillbirths, aborted fetuses, and birth defects such as Down's syndrome, anencephalia (no brain), spina bifida (absence of one or more vertebral arches), hydrocephalus (enlarged head with excessive amount of fluid), osteochondropathy (bone disease), and mutations such as clubfeet, cleft palate, and four or six fingers or toes.