A recent New York Times Magazine story has highlighted the controversy surrounding “selective reduction” — in which a multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets or more) is “reduced” by aborting some of the babies before birth.
Multiple pregnancies are a common result of in vitro fertilization, since clinics may implant multiple embryos in an effort to increase the chance of a successful pregnancy. If a multiple pregnancy does occur, however, the issue of “selective reduction” (also called “multifetal pregnancy reduction”) can arise. In many cases, couples are even pressured to undergo the procedure by medical professionals.
As researchers Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy and Ian Gentles have noted, this practice is often the result of poor information and coercion. Further, it is often traumatic for the parents, may disrupt bonding with the surviving children and is a risky practice medically. Learn more about this issue in our special report at http://www.theunchoice.com/specialreports/IVFandabortion2.htm