If you haven’t come across the actual article yet, you have likely seen articles and blogs responding to a New York Times article entitled “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy”. Essentially, it discusses the rise in women opting to abort one twin after having fertility treatments to achieve their pregnancy in the first place.
I don’t doubt the sincere desire to conceive and the struggle that comes with facing infertility. But, I also do not think we should be manipulating human life as though it were a commodity. Fertility treatments in the form of in vitro fertilization change the entire nature of how we approach the gift and blessing of a new life. It is really no surprise, then, that the New York Times article has a mother explain, “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. The pregnancy was all so consumerish to begin with, and this became yet another thing we could control.”
As mentioned in previous posts, there are wonderful resources available to couples facing infertility through the use of natural family planning:
Home of the Pope Paul VI Institute www.popepaulvi.com
Education programs of the Institute www.creightonmodel.com
The home page for the FertilityCare™ Centers of America (FCCA) with directory of FertilityCare affiliates www.fertilitycare.org
The home page for the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals www.aafcp.org
The home page of Dr. Phil Boyle, FertilityCare™ for Europe and Ireland. www.fertilitycare.net