Pregnancy Reduction?


Pregnancy reduction: It’s the new term for aborting one or more babies when pregnant with multiples. This is just disturbing.

“As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead screen. She didn’t want to see the two shadows floating inside her. Since making her decision, she had tried hard not to think about them, though she could often think of little else. She was 45 and pregnant after six years of fertility bills, ovulation injections, donor eggs and disappointment — and yet here she was, 14 weeks into her pregnancy, choosing to extinguish one of two healthy fetuses, almost as if having half an abortion. As the doctor inserted the needle into Jenny’s abdomen, aiming at one of the fetuses, Jenny tried not to flinch, caught between intense relief and intense guilt.

“Things would have been different if we were 15 years younger or if we hadn’t had children already or if we were more financially secure,” she said later. “If I had conceived these twins naturally, I wouldn’t have reduced this pregnancy, because you feel like if there’s a natural order, then you don’t want to disturb it. But we created this child in such an artificial manner — in a test tube, choosing an egg donor, having the embryo placed in me — and somehow, making a decision about how many to carry seemed to be just another choice. The pregnancy was all so consumerish to begin with, and this became yet another thing we could control.” (read more)

“Consumerish?” For some reason, I’m having trouble feeling any sympathy for Jenny, but I’m sure I won’t sleep well tonight just thinking about this troubling practice. Via Sister Toldjah, who has much more commentary on the subject, here is video of 14 week old twins in the uterus.

I really wish I hadn’t checked memeorandum one last time before going to bed.