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I had not heard of this before. Women are choosing “selective reduction” (killing one or more babies in the womb while leaving one or more) for twins. Two babies perceived to be too much trouble? Just hire a hit man in a white coat to knock one off for you. I don’t think this is pardonable in the case of multiple babies no matter how many there are. [And frankly, if you get rid of IVF with the implantation of multiple eggs, you might not even have to worry about this. Natural multiple births (more than twins) are actually pretty rare.] People may argue about this (and I’m prepared to have the combox fill up) but how many people support “selectively reducing” a twin?
Like so many other couples these days, the Toronto-area business executive and her husband put off having children for years as they built successful careers. Both parents were in their 40s — and their first son just over a year old — when this spring the woman became pregnant a second time. Seven weeks in, an ultrasound revealed the Burlington, Ont., resident was carrying twins. “It came as a complete shock,” said the mother, who asked not to be named. “We’re both career people. If we were going to have three children two years apart, someone else was going to be raising our kids. … All of a sudden our lives as we know them and as we like to lead them, are not going to happen.”
She soon discovered another option: Doctors could “reduce” the pregnancy from twins to a singleton through a little-known procedure that eliminates selected fetuses — and has become increasingly common in the past two decades amid a boom in the number of multiple pregnancies.
“I do believe people should have the choice, given the cost of raising children today,” she said. “You want to be able to provide for your children … to give them the things they need to become the best adults they can become.”
You kill one child and expect his brother or sister to be the best adult they can become? Hello?