Recently I came acrossan article on my facebook page with this title, by the Washington Post online. I would encourage you to read it. All the way through. Every word. You may not be able to see through your tears. Your stomach may churn. But it’s a must read. Because selective reduction happens every day across our country. Parents kill off one or two (or MORE!) children in their womb. Why? Why would a parent play God like this and make decisions only He should make? Because one or more might have a handicap. Or one might be “behind” in growth. Or they might want one sex over another. Or one might simply make one too many babies for whom the parents can “easily” care. It’s that disgusting. They pick off babies like one would slap a pesky mosquito. They choose which to kill as if they were selecting colors for the nursery.
If we had been a couple who chose this murderous route, our sweet Emma would have been the one to be killed. For many reasons: she was the furthest back in my womb, she was the smallest baby (measuring “behind” by a day or so – yet still a valid reason in the Murderer’s mind), and she was a second girl. Emma is now our biggest baby and totally healthy. And I carried the trio till 32 weeks and 4 days. They were all three very healthy babies – just requiring time in the NICU to grow and learn to eat. And this is common for triplet pregnancies. I’m not fooled. Parents “selectively reduce” for ease. God, help us. And, please, come quickly.
For those of you reading this who have already chosen this path, I am so sorry for the guilt and grief you must bear over what you have done and the missing life of your child. This is something for which you can and must go to the Lord and repent. You can be rescued from the guilt of your past sins and the punishment that awaits all who do not come to Christ. As a fellow sinner, I have been saved by the grace of God, forgiven of all my sins. The broken relationship (caused by my sins) between Him (my Heavenly Father) and me has been restored by the work that His Son, Jesus Christ, did on the Cross. He is waiting and willing…please come?
If you have questions, are considering selective reduction, or just want to talk to someone who has multiples and to find out what you can expect, please contact me.