by Cathy Ruse
August 15, 2011
This weekend the New York Times Magazine published another piece on a favorite topic: aborting one or more children in a multiple pregnancy, known antiseptically to those in the business as selective reduction.
A few years ago it featured Amy Richards first-person account of having two of her triplets killed so that she wouldnt have to shop at Costco and buy big jars of mayonnaise. This piece follows a married woman in her forties, with two young children in grade school, who became pregnant with twins following years of infertility treatments and aborted one at 14 weeks gestation. Apparently Jenny reasoned that:
[T]wins would soak up everything she had to give, leaving nothing for her older children. Even the twins would be robbed, because, at best, she could give each one only half of her attention and, she feared, only half of her love. Jenny desperately wanted another child, but not at the risk of becoming a second-rate parent.
Beyond the revolting illogical pro-choice platitudes (at least she didnt try to suggest there was no baby there; at 14 weeks that child was so well-developed she could move on her own), Jenny did touch upon something close to truth in her machinations; she had a glimpse of the post-modern problem of human commodification:
[W]e 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.
Right. Its the logic of choice, and not even the logical end.
The right to abortion is limitless in this country. You can have a legal abortion at any time, for any reason. Thats a hard truth these Times Magazine pieces help to tell. Dr. Richard Berkowitz ofColumbiaUniversityMedicalCenter, who does this type of abortion, admits what the pro-choice movement would rather hide: that a woman can have an abortion for any reason financial, social, emotional.
You can even have a baby killed over worrying whether youll be able to love her enough.
If the child were given a say, no doubt shed happily give up any love for an ounce of respect and the chance just to keep living.
h/t Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner