birth defects

Fucking hell. Laci Green, a woman often presented as an expert on gender and sexuality, someone who claims to study the psychology of gender.. and she doesn’t seem to get that intersex isn’t not a gender. It’s a medical condition, a birth defect. One where the genitals (and often several other parts) were malformed during the prenatal growth process.

This is literally the only argument she’s been retreading for the past 10 minutes. That being born intersex (a physical condition) is somehow a gender identity (a mental thing, a social construct by her own definition) which means that there are more genders, therefore Laci Green is right about everything and everyone else is dumb and wrong.

Though.. It is funny to watch her squirm and desperately try to find a way to deal with Blaire White, a trans woman, who she can’t just dismiss and snark away as being an evil white cis dudebro.


This adorable Australian Shepherd is Toby and while at first glance he may appear to look like any other Australian Shepherd but Toby is special - he has two noses! He was discovered wandering the streets of Fresno, California, and was picked up by a rescue group. However, the so-called rescue group considered him unadoptable and were ready to put him to sleep. That was until Todd Ray, a man who owns a number of animals with birth defects, adopted him and made him a member of his family. 


A 5 month old girl with alobar holoprosenceohaly. This condition was diagnosed prenatally in utero and understandably resulted in severe enlargement of the child’s head. The child was oriented to sound, able to move all extremities and responded to external stimuli, however the long term prognosis for this condition is poor as it is typically fatal in the neonatal period.

Please stop teaching kids that it’s okay to ask someone what happened to them. Your kids are not entitled to know a damn thing about anyone else’s body or disability, the comfort and personal space of the person you’re letting your rude ass child treat like a sideshow or science project matters more than your child’s curiosity.

I have a disability & a noticeable physical defect. I am not here as a learning experience for your able bodied child who wants to know why I look the way I do. I’m not here so you can be grateful for what you have. I’m a person. I deserve to be treated like anyone else. Your child’s questions are not… NOT more important thsn my desire to just go to the store and do a simple errand so please stop.

Teach your children to respect the disabled & those with physical defects without expecting us to deal with your rude questions, stares and demands to know why we look that way. You don’t need my backstory to teach basic respect so fucking stop acting entitled to my time and energy just because your kid is “just a kid” & “just curious”. No. Stop. Leave me alone.

I! Would! Literally! Die! For! Emori!

She was literally tossed out by her people because of a birth defect. And by tossed out, I don’t mean ostracized. No. She was literally left to die! And she survived. And she continues to survive. And not only is she surviving, she’s living. She’s opened her heart to love, when life taught her to not trust anyone. She has let John Murphy into her life, and in doing so, she’s completely changed his life. She fights for her life everyday, and gets stronger and stronger each time she does so.

Neural Tube defects

The stem cells on the dorsal side will close to form the neural tube. This defect is resultant when the neural tube fails to close. There are many defects, the most common ones are exposed brain and spinal cord. An example of open NTDs is the anencephaly, where the brain and spinal cord are completely absent.

Closed NTDs are very rare. There are a few of examples of closed NTDs such as  tethered spinal cord syndrome, it is when the spinal cord floats freely within the canal of the backbone. It can shrink and stretch and do a somersault which can’t be good.


This is a really good video explaining Spina Bifida and most of the additional conditions that come with it. They made everything really easy to understand without being boring.


US is destroying Afghanistan’s gene pool water and food chain with depleted uranium.

Depleted uranium is radioactive and extremely destructive to humans - with a half-life of 4.5 billion years. In other words, it takes 4.5 billion years for one kilogram of depleted uranium to reduce to a half a kilogram - the US has forever contaminated the Middle East.
The United States’ use of radioactive munitions in Afghanistan has destroyed the people’s health and mutilated the genetic future of the country, Press TV reports.

Dr. Mohammad Daud Miraki, the author of Afghanistan After Democracy: The Untold Story Through Photographic Images, told Press TV’s Kabul correspondent on Monday that the US has committed horrific crimes against the people of Afghanistan.

He said the US used depleted uranium in the country and Afghan babies were being born with severe deformities.

Exposure to depleted uranium causes genetic damage, birth defects, cancer, diabetes, immune system damage, and other serious health problems.

Miraki has described this as genocide in his book, which provides an insight into the grimness of life under the US occupation.

He says that he has seen people die without any physical signs of injuries to their bodies in Afghanistan. “And then there were bizarre scenes of birds melting on trees,” he adds.

In his book, birth defects are depicted with graphic images. He said he was overwhelmed by the number of these cases.

Miraki noted that the US used a massive amount of depleted uranium weapons in late 2001.

He went on to say that US forces are still using these weapons in the country.

Miraki’s book also says that it was a lie that the war was launched to introduce democracy in Afghanistan and accuses the US of betraying the Afghan people under the pretext of democracy and reconstruction.

The differences between spina bifida occulta, spina bifida with meningocele, and spina bifida with myelomeningocele.

In the development of the embryo, the neural tube closes around 28 days post-fertilization.

Oftentimes, the woman does not even know she’s pregnant at that point. So much happens in early development, so much can go wrong…many times the egg is fertilized, but has such faulty genes that it terminates itself even before the menstrual cycle is delayed. And many times there are multiple eggs fertilized, and two eggs trying to develop in the uterus, but one of them is terminated by the body long before the “twins” would be visible on an ultrasound.

Skiagraph (X-ray) of a dicephalus dibrachius

Using the roots “di-”, “-cephalus”, and “-brachius”, the description of this x-ray is made clearer:
Di-: two
-cephal-: pertaining to the head
-brachi-: pertaining to the arms

From these, a description of “two-headed two-arms” is now known.

Dicephalic dibrachius twins are also known as “dicephalic parapagus (dibrachial)”, with parapagus referring to the fused pelvis that is shared between the two.

Dicephalic parapagus twins can also be “tribrachial” (three-armed) or “tetrabrachial” (four-armed), depending upon how far down the torso the conjoining begins.

The Principles of Pathology. J. George Adami, 1912.

On second viewing:

I’d caught the line Maui said about how his parents took one look at him and threw him in the sea, but it didn’t really occur to me why he would say that. I mean… it’s Maui. The dude’s fucking ripped. But there’s so few characters and so many of them are women that you don’t notice that Maui isn’t just stylized with extreme dimorphism… he’s like 90% torso… but he’s also the only one who is. 

Chief Tui, for instance… you can see his waist about levels with his wife’s. It’s about half his height, or approximately where people draw a waist on a proportional model.

Maui’s waist is much lower than Moana’s and sits about 2/3 of the way down his body. He literally has half the amount of leg he should. He’s disproportionate in other ways too- his face is very centered and his features squished together even though his head is large. 

TLDR: Maui, demigod of the wind and sea, hero to men and women, both, ALL… was born with birth defects of some manner and so, though it’s only implied through character design and a throwaway line about being a throwaway child, does that qualify him as being a disabled hero? If so, that’s another form of representation that Disney managed to incorporate into this beautiful movie.

I am in an clinic escort group.  This was shared with us so we could share this person’s story.  TW: Birth Defects

“I want to share a personal tragedy that has morphed into a nightmare from hell. I’m 23 wks pregnant and we wanted a baby. At my 20 wk appointment they found “concerns” resulting in a referral to the maternal fetal specialist, which resulted in an amniocentesis, the experience was fairly traumatic but a drop in the bucket compared to what followed. I got call Wednesday afternoon that my fetus is positive for trisomy 13, a fatal condition. The specialist asked if I had considered whether I wanted to continue the pregnancy then noted that I had no options in Alabama, as I was at 22 wks 6 days. The best she could do was give me phone number for a clinic in GA that she knew nothing about. My partner and I cried for the next 16 hours then began looking at options. My insurance will only cover the “procedure I am looking for” if I can find an in-network hospital to do it. After about 6 hours on the phone to hospitals all over the southeast, my insurance customer service, my ob/gyn, the fetal specialist, on call nurses, one of whom suggested I may have to “wait for nature to take it’s course” meaning continue until I eventually miscarry, give birth to a stillborn, or have a baby that will live a few days, upping my own health risks as well, I finally found the National Abortion Federation. They got me in at a clinic 2 states and 12 hours away. We drove thru the night Thursday to get there Friday morning in order to meet legal criteria of the 24 week gestational cut off. I had to call the specialist multiple times to send my test results and medical records. The ultrasound indicated the fetus head was too large, growing like some kind of mutant cancer, it pushed my legal gestation stage to 26 weeks (which I don’t understand). They couldn’t legally terminate. So we turned around and droveback 12 hours. Got back last night. The clinic for women, my ob/gyn, won’t even call in a Rx for a nerve pill to help me sleep. The nurse on call suggested benadryl. The NAF has provided me with a case manager to help me thru this and got me into a clinic in Colorado that specializes in fetal anomalies that will do the 4 day procedure this week. Family and friends are helping with cost of air travel and hotel. The procedure will be $10-12k, not covered by insurance. NAF is donating $6k. The clinic that tied to help me yesterday but couldn’t did all the medical legwork to get me in. I fly out tmrw. I feel abandoned by my doctors and specialists and insurance and the entire mainstream medical community. The baby killing abortion nazis (sarcasm) have been the support that has kept me from throwing myself down a flight of stairs, which would surely result in a charge of infanticide. I want every prolife asshole to know that their efforts have put my family thru the 7th circle of hell. I keep telling myself that it could be worse, I could have no support. My husbands afraid he won’t have a job when we get back. We are grieving the loss of a wanted pregnancy and baby.
This is the reality of abortion legislation. This is my life right now.The abortion doctor that couldn’t do the procedure is the only medical person in this situation who embraced me while I cried and told me that she cares about me and that I would get thru this.

Between family and friends, we will have the roughly $4-5 k we need for the procedure plus travel funds. I can’t accept anyone else’s money without thinking of all the other women going thru this too. Anyone who wants to help, please donate to national abortion federation so they can help other women like me.   The tiller foundation, freedom fund, and last resort are other organizations that help with funding in these situations. And center for reproductive rights fights bullshit legislation. I just want for no one else to go thru this or drink bleach or go to a butcher to try to manage this situation. This is just devastating.”

Update:  “Thank you for the support, everyone. Tmrw will be hard, they will first euthanize the little guy. But I just keep thinking about how hard it would be to keep carrying him, 4, 8, 12, 16 weeks, waiting for him to die and hoping he doesn’t kill me in the process. Having everyone and their brother asking me with excitement about The Baby. Thinking about what might have been. Wondering if we can put ourselves thru this to try again one day. Worrying about our parents worrying about us. Everytime I feel him move I want to throat punch a republican. This should already be over in a local hospital with my family at my side. The final stage of delivery is Thursday and they offer cremation. Everyone that says, what can i do to help? I say, tell everyone you fucking know exactly what bullshit the “prolife” agenda is putting me and *****, my spouse, and our families through. This is not theoretical. This is our actual life right now.”