In 2007, Dimitri and Varvara Artamkin found they were expecting quintuplet girls after a course of fertility treatments. They were very excited, but their excitement was short lived because doctors in Russia told them that they must abort some to ensure the survival of the rest.
Dimitri said, “We were very happy when we first found out but we couldn’t celebrate because the doctors told us straight away that it would be impossible to have all of them. Then all we could feel was worry.”
The practice of aborting babies to “save” others is called “selective reduction,” and is common when couples use fertility drugs. IVF practitioners implant more than one embryo in the woman’s uterus in hopes that at least one will take. Then when more embryos than are desired implant, doctors “reduce” the pregnancy down to the desired number.
Which of the five girls shown above would you want to have been killed?
Question Human Abortion.
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