This morning’s National Post has an article about couples who become pregnant with twins or multiple babies and who have a “reduction” procedure so that they can have fewer births. The fear is that the extra baby may impact on their “lifestyle”. Here’s how this reduction is described:
Fetal reductions are most commonly conducted by inserting an ultrasound-guided needle through the mother’s abdomen and into the uterus, injecting a potassium chloride solution into the chosen fetus or fetuses, stopping their hearts.
Oh, I think I’m going to puke!
How can anyone… physician, a nurse or a mother or father honestly read the above and not be nauseated?
What leads couples to consider this reduction? As one woman stated after finding out that they were having twins in their forties…
All of a sudden our lives as we know them and as we like to lead them, are not going to happen.
It all comes down to the fantasy that we are actually and totally in control of our lives. What have we done? I can’t imagine that fertility doctors would suddenly be horrified by this selection of babies. They have given people the false sense that everything is available to use if we pay enough money and develop the science far enough. We can do and have whatever we want, whenever we want and on our own terms.
I can’t imagine the effects on the parents who make this decision. I can’t imagine how they think it won’t have an impact. I imagine years from now they’ll wake up and find themselves in that horrific scene from “Sophie’s Choice
” where the Nazi’s make Sophie decided which of her children will live and which will die.
Another heartbreaking question is what will happen to the twin that never meets its sibling? What a freakin’ twisted world we have created!