Friday, 19 August 2011

Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Fri 19 Aug

Michael Voris
Top stories:

Leading US apologist to speak in London on Wednesday
Michael Voris (pictured), a leading US Catholic apologist, will be speaking in London on Wednesday evening (24 August). In a video this week, Mr Voris highlighted the responsibility of Catholics to hold pro-abortion Catholic politicians to account. Details of how to book tickets can be found at http://bit.ly/nxAPwO [John Smeaton, 19 August] http://bit.ly/nOSU9i

UK 'locked-in' man launches assisted suicide court case 
A UK man with 'locked-in' syndrome has launched an assisted suicide case in the high court. The unnamed man is asking the court whether medical staff or solicitors will be prosecuted if they assist his suicide. His wife is opposed to the move. [Telegraph, 18 August] http://tgr.ph/oZ8FDm

Australian pro-life bioethicist expresses concern about UK nurses-and-abortion success
Fr John Fleming, a leading Australian bioethicist, has expressed concern about the basis for a recent pro-life success. Two nurses were spared from participating in abortion after their lawyer argued that their Catholic beliefs protected them against discrimination. Fr Fleming said the wrongness of abortion "is not based on a peculiar 'Catholic belief' about the beginning of life. It is based upon the scientific reality that human life begins at the beginning, at fertilisation." [John Smeaton, 18 August] http://bit.ly/pJjvmA

Please support SPUC's outreach in Stratford this Saturday
SPUC youth activists will be manning a stall tomorrow in Stratford, London. The outreach follows a successful similar outreach in Lewisham, London. People interested in supporting the stall should contact Daniel Blackman danielblackman@spuc.org.uk [John Smeaton, 18 August] http://bit.ly/owsTjb

Other stories:

Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
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Watch this excellent video on abortion by Michael Voris

Michael Voris, the renowned American Catholic apologist, is this week presenting "No bull in Madrid: fighting the pop culture bull" for young Catholic pilgrims attending World Youth Day in Madrid. One of the videos he has produced this week is a superb explanation of the responsibility of Catholics, both laity and clergy but particularly bishops, to "lay it on the line" to Catholic politicians who support abortion. Michael says:
"The problem of pro-abortion politicians who are Catholic has been one which has been too long ignored in the Church these past 40 years or so ... The refusal on the part of many leaders in the Church to really take on the issue of Catholics who support abortion has done tremendous harm to many of the faithful ... The youth of today have been left afloat on a dangerous sea ... People in the Church, bishops, priests and laity must, for the love of God, step up and lay it on the line and be there for these young people. They are the victims, they are the ones who have been lied to..."
Do watch the whole video on YouTube or below:



I am therefore delighted that Michael will be speaking in London on Wednesday evening in a talk organised by my son Paul:
"Living the Catholic Faith Radically!", Wednesday 24 August, at Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London W1C 2DJ. Doors open 7pm. The closest tube station is Oxford Circus. Bond Street and Marble Arch are also within walking distance. All tickets are £5 and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. You can purchase them via paypal at http://smeatonscorner.blogspot.com/2011/08/michael-voris-speaking-in-london-in.html
Do please try to attend and to spread the word. If you're on Facebook, you can help spread the word by using the event's Facebook page to invite your Facebook friends.

P.S. People who follow the US Catholic blogosphere closely may have stumbled across some tittle-tattle about Michael's company. Michael sent us an email about it yesterday which we reproduce below with his permission:
"[T]he story was a piece of dirty journalism. When the reporter and I hung up the phone, we had agreed that I needed a few days to get to the bottom of all this. He agreed. I said because of the complications of being overseas and having to try to reach the state and deal with government bureaucracy, it might take me up to a week. I notice in his story, he relates that they started looking into the anonymous tip as far back as August 10 with multiple calls. I said I would need a few days as well. He agreed. In about 24 hours, they ran the story. In any realm of journalism, that's underhanded and deceptive."
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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Read Fr John Fleming's opinion on the recent nurses-and-abortion success

On Saturday I blogged about the representations made by the Thomas More Legal Centre in support of two nurses who were being pressured to participate in abortions in their hospital. Following those representations, the hospital backed down without the matter going to court.

Fr John Fleming Ph.D, SPUC's bioethical consultant, has kindly sent me his opinion on that success, below:
"The right to conscientious objection to participating in abortion procedures has been under attack in many jurisdictions around the world. So much so, that any victory in protecting those rights for doctors and nurses is to be welcomed.

And yet ... one is left feeling somewhat uneasy about the argument used by the Thomas More Legal Centre in its recent successful representation in support of two nurses.

I do not mean to criticise the Thomas More Legal Centre which, in defence of its clients, has to use the law as it is.

My criticism is of the law itself which is now seen to be in the grips of the philosophical lunacies of postmodernism and that philosophy’s flight from reality. It now appears that the objective findings of the natural sciences are no more than “beliefs”, subjective beliefs which are impervious to rational scrutiny.

So we reach the absurd conclusion that the beginning of biological human life is not an issue to be decided by the scientific facts of the matter. It becomes just a 'belief' which is apparently protected by the UK’s Equality Act 2010. I could just as well expect that a belief that the moon is made of green cheese is also to be protected under the Equality Act.

For those of us who ground the search for truth in objective reality, such as the reality of the natural world, this is intolerable. Over the centuries the natural sciences have become ever more sophisticated and we have become aware as much of how little we know as of how much we know.

But what the natural sciences have revealed to us with ever greater precision is the process of the formation of the embryonic human being. It is a matter of scientific fact, not belief, that from the time when the human sperm fertilises the human egg we have a member of the human species in his or her earliest form.

It is the objective fact that human life begins at fertilisation which causes us to apply to the embryo the universally held moral conviction of the wrongfulness of killing the innocent. This is why the nurses object to abortion and to their participation in it. It is because abortion involves the killing of a human being. It is not based on a peculiar 'Catholic belief' about the beginning of life. It is based upon the scientific reality that human life begins at the beginning, at fertilisation.

Where 'beliefs' are concerned, the philosophy of personhood is beset by an astonishing array of 'beliefs'. Personhood is said to apply at 14 days after the beginning (if you want embryo experimentation), birth (if you want abortion, and up to 3 months after birth (if you want infanticide). So abortion may be morally justified on the unscientific proposition that human life does not begin at the beginning but only when we arbitrarily decide that the embryo has become a person based on a particular philosophical account of personhood.

Never mind that Article 6 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UN 1948) says that: 'Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law'.

Moral truth in British law, it appears, is not to be based on reality, on things as they really are, but more upon the way we would like things to be or believe them to be.

Flat earthers will no doubt be reassured."
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Please support SPUC's outreach in Stratford this Saturday

Here's a post from the new blog RSVP Pro-life Youth UK advertising SPUC's outreach this Saturday at Stratford in London. If you have some time this Saturday, please join or visit SPUC's youth activists there; or if not, please spread the word:

SPUC standing up for the unborn in Stratford this weekend 

Last month we reported on the SPUC pro-life stall at Lewisham People's Day. The event is the largest free festival in South East London and Lewisham has one of the highest abortion rates in the UK. We had a great day and I think we had a large number of various positive encounters. Do read more about the day.

One of our team discussing the issues with a member of the public in Lewisham.
This weekend a young team from SPUC are doing it all again, this time in Stratford. Here's what the organisers have to say:
Are you pro-life? Would you like the opportunity to help stop abortions taking place in London? Could you give up a few hours this Saturday to help spread awareness in East London?
SPUC OUTREACH IN STRATFORD
Newham Borough in East London has the highest abortion rate in the U.K. (39.9 per 1000 women) and has the sixth highest number in Europe, with 2,341 abortions taking place every year. BPAS have recently opened a new abortion centre in the area, and so the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children will be doing a pro-life outreach there on Saturday 20th August. We aim to inform the local public about the positive pro-life services available, raise awareness about exactly what is happening in the area, and campaign against the new opening. Join SPUC this Saturday as help is needed to man the stall, distribute pro-life literature and engage with the public.
Meet outside Stratford Tube Station at 10.30am. We will finish no later than 2pm. Other details are on our facebook event page. If you use Facebook, please use the page to invite others to this fantastic event in defence of human life.
Hope to see you there!
Any queries please contact: 0207 820 3140

Daniel Blackman – danielblackman@spuc.org.uk
Anna Gomes – anastasiagomes@spuc.org.uk
Frances Roxburgh – francesroxburgh@spuc.org.uk
Daniel Loughnane – danielloughnane@spuc.org.uk
Paul Smeaton – paulsmeaton@spuc.org.uk
One of our team with the SPUC foetal model set: How You Began.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Education For Choice is pro-abortion, not pro-choice

SPUC is re-launching its information on charities as an online index, with new entries and updated information added as and when new information is received. Today's charity is Education For Choice.

Education For Choice (EFC) is a charity which claims to exist "in order to ensure that young people are enabled to make and act on informed choices about pregnancy and abortion".

EFC endorses organisations and services which provide and/or promote abortion.

EFC has attacked SPUC and other pro-life organisations.

SPUC comment: It is deceitful for organisations which campaign for abortion to be legal, freely available and publicly funded to describe themselves as "pro-choice", when in fact they are pro-abortion.

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Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Wed 17 Aug

Abortions absolved
Top stories:

UK population grows at twice EU average due to migrant baby boom
The UK's population is growing at twice the average of European Union (EU) countries, according to the EU. The higher growth-rate is attributed partly to higher birth rates among immigrants. [Mail, 17 August] http://bit.ly/pALRLU Every EU country still has a birth-rate below replacement level.

World Youth Day priests granted power to lift abortion excommunications
All Catholic priests hearing confessions at this week's World Youth Day in Madrid have been granted the power to absolve penitents of the sin of abortion. In Catholic canon law procuring an abortion results in automatic excommunication and special permission is required for absolution. The permission has been granted by the cardinal archbishop of Madrid. [LifeSiteNews.com, 16 August] http://bit.ly/qgu6XG

Increased cohabitation rates mean more instability for children

“(T)he rise of cohabiting households with children is the largest unrecognized threat to the quality and stability of children’s lives in today’s families,” according to a new report by a US group. The Institute for American Values’ Center for Marriage and Families says that there is an increasing divide in US society between wealthy, stable families based on marriage and poorer, unstable households where the parents are cohabitees. The institute also found that divorce rates had fallen to 1960s-levels. [CNA, 17 August] http://bit.ly/ojbcZR

Other stories:

Sexual ethics
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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

SPUC's Anthony Ozimic explains why more research is needed on how abortion impacts abortionists

Further to my blogpost last Friday, Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, has kindly sent me his comments explaining why more research is needed on how abortion impacts abortionists. His comments are extracts from the summary of his 2005 dissertation "The effect of abortion on moral character" (pictured. Readers who would like to read the full dissertation can request it by emailing anthonyozimic@spuc.org.uk):
Ill effects
There are some indications which suggest that substance abuse, sexual abuse, lack of respect for women, deceit, and gross negligence of professional standards may be common within the abortion industry, at least within the United States. Other phenomena, not necessarily directly associated by society generally with moral degradation, but a possible indication of personality breakdown or similar tension, are also connected anecdotally with abortion practice. Mental illness, failure at relationships and suicidal tendencies are also attributed to the experience of abortionists, at least ‘repentant’ abortionists in the aftermath of their rejection of the practice of abortion.

Further work needed
Despite there being evidence both at a theoretical and an evidential level for claiming that abortion negatively effects the moral character of abortionists, further work needs to be done at both levels to demonstrate this convincingly.

Current evidence of limited value
Regarding qualitative and quantitative evidence of a degradation of moral character among abortionists, some initial work in this area has been done by Dr Philip Ney and his wife Dr Marie Peeters, by Dr Rachel McNair and by Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics. Ney and Peeters found in their survey of former abortionists that 100% felt that they were moderately or completely dehumanised by the abortion industry. However, as no independent quantitative studies or independent qualitative studies have been conducted into the moral characters of abortionists, the evidence is necessarily of limited value at this time [2005]. The evidence is furthermore limited mostly to the United States. We should therefore seek to use this limited evidence not for purposes of making strong claims or reaching definitive conclusions but merely to reflect upon the evidence and be enabled thereby to pose certain questions.

More data needed
Research into the negative effect of abortion on the moral character of abortionists can only evolve through the collection of more data. Surveys of current abortionists may be necessary to provide the data necessary to test possible theories. There are a number of potential obstacles, however, to a survey of current abortionists, such as access to a sufficient cohort. It may be difficult to compile contact-details of abortionists. Abortionists may refuse to respond. Pro-abortion groups may advise abortionists not to respond. Abortionists may under- or over-report more in a survey by a pro-lifer than they would in a survey by a pro-abortion or neutral surveyor, thereby skewing the data gathered. I am unaware of any surveys of British abortionists. There are significant differences in the abortion ‘cultures’ of the US and other countries, which mean that data from the US cannot be used to make definitive conclusions about abortionists in other countries. It may therefore not be possible to conduct a survey that is ethical, objective or statistically valuable.

Communist era research needed
In the same way that comparisons, connections and distinctions have been made between abortionists today and the role of persons individually and collectively in Nazi Germany, similar work could be extended to encompass both abortion and other intentional killings in Communist-era eastern Europe, where abortion rates were extremely high, with abortion in some instances being the primary form of birth control.

Goals
A good outcome would be to make those currently unconvinced of the objective wrongness of abortion to question whether abortion, viewed subjectively in terms of the effect on one's character, is desirable. Pro-abortion groups complain of an increasing shortage of abortionists, and want to recruit nurses into administering non-surgical abortions. Both exacerbating this shortage and preventing new recruitment are worthwhile and necessary goals for the pro-life movement.
If we can explain what effect abortion has on the moral character of abortionists, we may then know how to change the formation of medical staff so that abortion becomes unthinkable for them until it becomes illegal for them. It may be possible to convince medical staff that abortion will affect negatively their moral characters. Medics ambitious for their careers may then increasingly avoid performing abortions, see any money to be made from abortion as ‘danger money’ or even a Faustian pact, and conclude about abortion that ‘where there's smoke, there's fire’: abortion is unethical. After all, the term 'ethics' comes from the Greek word 'ethos' meaning 'character'. Bad ethics is rightly associated with bad character.
I also hope that by reflecting upon the negative effect of abortion upon the moral character of abortionists and the action of conscience within abortionists, a need for greater respect for conscientious objection to abortion may be seen.
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Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Tue 16 Aug

Masked pro-abortion activists
Top stories:

UK guidelines may strip pharmacists of conscience rights on morning after pill
New guidelines issued by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) could result in pro-life pharmacists losing their job. The guidelines say that pharmacists with a conscientious objection to dispensing morning-after pills or IVF drugs must refer customers to another pharmacist and ensure that the second pharmacist can supply the drugs. John Smeaton, SPUC director, commented: "The GPhC could soon be faced with a legal challenge, as the contractual demands of employers in no way trumps the legal right to conscientious objection, which is protected in international human rights instruments." [LifeSiteNews.com, 15 August] http://bit.ly/ou4wti and [Catholic Herald, 15 August] http://bit.ly/nOhmzh

Filipino parishioners to rally against trade in abortion drugs
The clergy and parishioners of a Manila Catholic church are due to rally this Friday against the trade in abortion drugs. The rally will protest against the authorities' failure to stamp out the trade. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, the church's rector, said the authorities "need to capture all distributors, all suppliers and close down all abortion clinics in" the area." [Philippine Daily Inquirer, 15 August] http://bit.ly/q9pEz8

Media ignores vandalism of Austrian pro-life office
The media in Austria has ignored an attack by vandals on the Austrian office of the European regional director of Human Life International (HLI). Seven windows were broken and other damage caused following a pro-life march. During the march pro-lifers required extensive protection from pro-abortion activists wearing black masks (pictured). [Vatican Insider, 12 August] http://bit.ly/rh1LhR

Other stories

Abortion
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
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Monday, 15 August 2011

See the information the Huntingdon's Disease Association publishes on testing

SPUC is re-launching its information on charities as an online index, with new entries and updated information added as and when new information is received. Today's charity is the Huntingdon's Disease Association.

The Huntingdon's Disease Association is a charity "which exists to support people affected by the disease and to provide information and advice to professionals whose task it is to support Huntington's disease families."

The Association is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

A factsheet on the Association's website explains, without ethical comment, how preimplatation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and prenatal screening can be used to detect if an unborn child has the gene for Huntingdon's disease. It also explains how couples at risk of Huntingdon's disease can use IVF and AID (artificial insemination by donor) to avoid passing on the disease to their children. SPUC comment: By failing to condemn these anti-life practices at the same time as providing practical information about them, the Association is facilitating those practices.

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Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Mon 15 Aug

15k pro-family Chilean marchers
Top stories:

UK equality legislation used to defend conscientious objection to abortion
A UK Catholic legal centre has used equalities legislation to uphold conscientious objection to abortion. The Thomas More Legal Centre helped two nurses whose hospital management told them that they had no choice but to participate in abortion. John Smeaton, SPUC director, congratulated the centre on making the hospital management back down. [John Smeaton, 13 August] http://bit.ly/ojzH2q

IVF centres blunders treble in three years
Mistakes at UK IVF centres have trebled in the last three years, according to official statistics. 564 mistakes have occurred since 2007, involving sperm injections, embryo destructions and implantations. A failure by regulators to uphold standards at IVF centres is suspected. [Mail, 13 August] http://bit.ly/qDyW31

Israeli court grants permission for harvesting of dead girl's eggs
A court in Israel has granted permission for the family of a dead girl to harvest her eggs. The judge made the decision after determining that there had been proof that the teenager had wanted children. US ethicists raised concerns about what may be the first such case in the world. [Mail, 12 August] http://bit.ly/q26CDk

Other stories:

Abortion
Population
Sexual ethics

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Sunday, 14 August 2011

New York Times article reveals the cruel reality of IVF

I'm grateful to Daniel Blackman, a member of SPUC HQ's research team, for the following profound reflection on an article which appeared last week in The New York Times magazine The Two Minus-One Pregnancy and on IVF*, a topic on which I have frequently written:
"As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead screen. She didn’t want to see the two shadows floating inside her. Since making her decision, she had tried hard not to think about them, though she could often think of little else. She was 45 and pregnant after six years of fertility bills, ovulation injections, donor eggs and disappointment — and yet here she was, 14 weeks into her pregnancy, choosing to extinguish one of two healthy fetuses, almost as if having half an abortion. As the doctor inserted the needle into Jenny’s abdomen, aiming at one of the fetuses, Jenny tried not to flinch, caught between intense relief and intense guilt."
With these words New York Times journalist, Ruth Padawer, opens her article on what might be described as yet another low within the already dark world of the abortion industry. It's an article about multiple pregnancy "reduction", or, in plain English, a pregnant mother who has twins or triplets who chooses to have one or more of her children killed so that only one or two remain. This is a phenomenon not, as this article shows, confined to the kind of totalitarian practices associated with China, it's happening in America.

It's a phenomenon which is a consequence of the destructive force of reproductive technology without a rational ethical foundation; and it's becoming more prevalent as a result of the multi-million dollar IVF industry which treats human embryos as commercial stock.

Padawer reports that between about 5 to 20 percent of pregnancies from fertility treatment turn out to be twins (or higher, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine), and half of babies conceived through IVF are part of a multiple pregnancy. This occurs because several embryos are placed inside the woman’s womb, because most if not all of the embryos will not implant in the womb and will die. This process can be repeated several times over. What is even more grotesque is the fact that the article suggests that it's not the fact that a woman pregnant with three or four babies wants a "reduction" which provides an ethical dilemma;  the writer and the doctors involved appear to deem such a "reduction" acceptable. According to the writer, the ethical dilemma is whether pregnancy "reduction" is morally acceptable in the case of a mother carrying twins:
What is it about terminating half a twin pregnancy that seems more controversial than reducing triplets to twins or aborting a single fetus? After all, the math's the same either way: one fewer fetus. Perhaps it’s because twin reduction (unlike abortion) involves selecting one fetus over another, when either one is equally wanted. Perhaps it’s our culture’s idealized notion of twins as lifelong soul mates, two halves of one whole. Or perhaps it’s because the desire for more choices conflicts with our discomfort about meddling with ever more aspects of reproduction.
According to the article, Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York, one of the largest providers of pregnancy "reduction", reported that by 1997, 15 percent of "reductions" were "reduced" to a single child. Last year, by comparison, 61 of the centre’s 101 "reductions" were to a single child, and 38 of those pregnancies started as twins. Dr. Mark Evans, an obstetrician and geneticist, was among the first to ‘reduce a pregnancy’, a euphemism for taking unborn twins and deciding which one will be killed. Evans decided that the "industry", as Padawer rightly and perhaps unwittingly describes it, needed guidelines, and in 1988, he and an ethicist at the National Institutes of Health issued such guidelines.

In 2004 Evans announced in a major obstetrics journal that he now endorsed twin "reductions". More women in their 40s and 50s were becoming pregnant (often from donor eggs) and they were pushing for two-to-one "reductions" for social reasons. These women didn’t want to be in their 60s worrying about parenting teenagers. Evans noted that many of the women were in second marriages, and while they wanted to create a child with their new spouse, they did not want two children, especially if they had children from a previous marriage. Others had deferred child-rearing for careers or education, or were single women tired of waiting for the right partner.

Evans had become convinced that everyone carrying twins, through reproductive technology or not, should at least know that "reduction" was an option. “Ethics,” he said, “evolve with technology.”

What we read in this article is a catalogue of characteristics that neatly sum up the culture of death, a culture that eliminates the unwanted, the inconvenient, the burdensome to one’s own life. Padawer quotes Sheena Iyengar, a social psychologist at Columbia Business School:
The story upon which the American dream depends is the story of limitless choice. This narrative promises so much: freedom, happiness, success. It lays the world at your feet and says you can have anything, everything...we are in the midst of a choice revolution right now, where we’re trying to figure out where the ethical boundaries should be.
"Choice" is a well-worn and oft-used slogan of pro-abortion advocates, using "choice" whilst trying to detach that choice from the reality of what that choice which entails: the extermination of an unborn child. This choice extends to scientists playing God with human life by IVF methods, couples and single women choosing to abort a child if that child happens to be one too many, and the choice to eliminate a child with Down’s Syndrome. Padawer notes that
"pregnancies are wanted, but not when they entail unwanted complications — complications for the parents as much as the child...as with reducing two healthy fetuses to one, the underlying premise is the same: this is not what I want for my life."
The article is littered with examples of women who became pregnant naturally or via IVF treatment, and found themselves pregnant with twins. Below are just two examples of mothers who signed up to the "choice revolution":
One fetus was male, the other female, and the woman eliminated the male because she already had a son. "Something about that whole situation just seemed unethical to me," the commentator continued. "I just couldn’t sleep at night knowing that I terminated my daughter’s perfectly healthy twin brother."
Another example offered is that of two lesbian 45 year olds together for 15 years, who decide to "get serious" about having children. Both went through IVF, used donor eggs, and several cycles of IVF treatment. Eventually they both fell pregnant with twins, one decided to "reduce" her pregnancy to one child, and then her lesbian partner miscarried both twins.
"I still wonder, Did we choose the right one? — even though I wasn’t the one who chose. That idea, that one’s gone and one’s here, it’s almost like playing God. I mean, who are we to choose? Even as it was happening, I wondered what the future would have been if the doctor had put the needle into the other one."
The situations described in this article, and the attitude towards human lives of the writer and all those involved, clearly demonstrate the inherently unethical nature of IVF and of the IVF industry.

British Department of Health abortion statistics 2010 reveal that last year there were 85 abortions which involved selective terminations. In 51 cases, twins were "reduced" to one baby.

The New York Times article does not give consideration to the twin child who is allowed to live, and the effect that the abortion can have on the survivor. After all, that person has lost a brother or sister with whom they shared a mother and womb. One such example close to home is that of Margaret Cuthill who was pregnant with twins without realising it. Margaret went for her an abortion and thought that was the end of it. However, on her return to the abortion facility for a post-abortion check-up, she was informed, following an ultrasound, that she was carrying a second child. This time she refused an abortion, and her daughter is now a young woman in her twenties and part of the pro-life movement in the UK. Margaret works full-time as a post-abortion counsellor for ARCH.

Another example is that of Sarah Smith, who survived an abortion attempt but her twin brother did not. Organisations such as Wombtwin have been founded in recent years to provide friendship and support for twins who lost a twin during pregnancy or birth. There can often be issues of misplaced guilt and culpability, and loss and mourning experienced by the twin who survived, or was not aborted.

*A compassionate, realistic alternative to IVF to be found in Naprotechnology which has grown to become a comprehensive branch of women’s health medicine, which respects both the natural fertility cycle and the sanctity of human life.

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