I was just catching up with my Weekend Guardian here in the UK when I came across an article called ‘Choose Lifestyle and this image:

Guardian UK

The article talks about the rise in aborting multiple pregnancies to one single baby amongst women in America. [Read full article]

When this started in the mid-1980s, it was intended to give women who were carrying multiple foetuses – twins, triplets and so on –  the chance to have a healthy pregnancy and at least one live birth, as in most cases, the women were 40 years or over with a higher risk of miscarriage or stillbirth.

They had either tried for several years to have children, or had put off having children due to focus on career, not finding the right partner or other circumstances like illness and had to resort to IVF at great expense.

While this article acknowledges that some abortions have been for medical reasons, e.g. if the baby will have Down’s Syndrome, recently the number of women choosing to have pregnancy reductions for reasons other than medical are on the increase.

Jenny, a 45-year-old woman says: “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. 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.”

Would this be something you would consider doing for whatever reason?

2 thoughts on “Pregnancy reduction: Terminating one twin.

  1. I discussed this with a friend a few days ago, and my question was: how do you choose which of your twins you want to kill off, or do you just let the surgeon make the decision? But when (as in Jenny’s case) everything else has been a technicality, maybe it isn’t quite so wrenching.

    1. I’d like to see from the perspective of a grown-up survived twin. Imagine the guilt! I know they didnt make the decision but it can’t be easy knowing that your existence is down to having someone die in your stead – and not in the symbolic way that Jesus did.

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