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New York Times reports on selective abortion of twins

Catholic World News - August 12, 2011

The New York Times carries a truly chilling report on women who, discovering that they are pregnant with twins, choose to destroy one of the babies in order to ensure an easier pregnancy--and an easier life.

The Times reporter is curious why many women are reluctant to speak openly about the procedure:

What is it about terminating half a twin pregnancy that seems more controversial than reducing triplets to twins or aborting a single fetus?

That rhetorical question assumes that abortion itself is not particularly controversial. But it also assumes, incredibly, that "reducing triplets" is not the same thing as abortion. The reporter writes that with twins, the challenge is "choosing to extinguish one of two healthy fetuses, almost as if having half an abortion." [emphasis added]

To complicate the moral issues involved, the Times notes that some of the women who are pregnant with twins had taken fertility drugs, thereby increasing the likelihood of that result.

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  • Posted by: Gaby - Aug. 14, 2011 9:34 AM ET USA

    A very disturbing article. What stands out is how the decision to 'reduce' is dominated by a desire for CONTROL over their life, and FEAR that this will be lost with twins. These people went to great lengths to have a baby & are willing to go to even greater length (morally speaking) to get just that: ONE baby. Ethics don't stand a chance in the face of this "design-your-life-down-to-the-last-detail" mindset. The comments are telling: even pro-choicers find this abhorent.

  • Posted by: kmbold - Aug. 13, 2011 12:54 PM ET USA

    I heard a pro-life young woman speak of being a twin who survived an abortion. Her mother had not known she was pregnant with twins and had an abortion. Only later was it determined that there was another child still in utero. The mother gave live birth to this child and now they are both giving witness to the evil of abortion and the wonder of life. The living twin told us that she had always had an almost haunting sense that someone very near her was missing.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Aug. 12, 2011 6:15 PM ET USA

    Don't you love the words "reducing","terminating" and "extinguishing" in place of murder? Words found in Satan's vocabulary.

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