Skip to comments.When Killing Your Child is Called “Pregnancy Management”
Posted on 04/27/2012 7:48:22 PM PDT by Morgana
Dr. Mark I. Evans is known around the world for his work in genetics, prenatal screening and diagnosis, and the selective reduction of pregnancies. Of course, selective reduction is code for the choosing and killing of one or more babies in a multiple pregnancy. You dont reduce children you kill them. But Dr. Evans prefers to refer to this procedure as pregnancy management.
He admits that, in the first reduction he performed, he stabbed two of the fetuses with a needle. Today, the general technique and the one used by Dr. Evans is plunging a needle filled with potassium chloride into the heart of the targeted baby. Soon after the chemical enters the babys heart, the baby ceases to move; her heart has stopped. Some babies move around for a short time before finally succumbing to their sudden deaths, but potassium chloride is deadly, and the procedure, accurately done, is unsurvivable.
When you read about Dr. Evans, its obvious that his years spent stopping the hearts of thousands of babies who had the misfortune of being multiples have calloused him. Yes, he may be one of the experts. He may be one of the few in his field freely willing to discuss the ethics of selective reduction, or pregnancy management. But its clear that Dr. Evans has fallen down a slippery slope. As the years go by, his standards fall lower and lower.
For example, Dr. Evans states that he once refused to even consider gender in the selection of which babies would live and which would die. Now, however, his list of considerations, in order, is this:
1. A documented abnormality
2. Suspicion and concern, such as smaller crown-rump length or larger NT or MZ twins
3. Other technical factors of serious concern
4. If nothing else matters, then we can consider gender differences.
His article, written in ViewPoint, continues:
The last criteria [sic] is new and was added only in the past several years, as there is now balance in gender preferences rather than the previously seen male dominance. For couples reducing to twins, the most common preference is for one of each gender, and for those going to a singleton, more than half want a girl.
So basically, all things being equal, its perfectly fine to kill your boy simply because you want a girl or vice-versa. In Dr. Evans mind, gender has become a very valid reason to stop the beating heart of a tiny baby.
In addition, back in 2007, Dr. Evans told the Washington Post how he once refused to reduce twin pregnancies to singletons. But even five years ago, he had changed his mind. His reasoning?
Evans has written articles arguing that it is ethical to reduce a twin pregnancy. After all, he said, if its okay to reduce from one to none that is, if you support abortion rights then two to one should be okay, too. The idea is still controversial. Twenty years ago, the ethical debate was with triplets. But now, as far as Im concerned, there is no doubt about triplets, and the ethical debate has moved to twins.
Dr. Evans himself seems to admit the slippery slope. If its okay to kill some babies, it soon becomes okay to kill any babies.
The Washington Posts 2007 article also highlights comments from Dr. Evans sonographer, Rachel Greenbaum. She struggles with the pregnancy management she takes part in (emphasis mine):
I dont particularly like doing the reductions, she said. I find it very stressful. With every patient, I think, If it was me, what would I do? Some of these people tried to get pregnant for the past five years and prayed to God. And now that they are pregnant, they are telling God: You gave me too many. I sometimes feel like we are playing God, and that is very emotionally stressful.
Its a very hard procedure, because the baby is moving, and you are chasing it. That is what is very emotional when the baby is moving and you are chasing it.
According to Dr. Evans, the best time to manage a multiple pregnancy is at 12 weeks. BabyCenter describes what a baby this age is doing:
The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your babys fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you wont be able to feel it ..
Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your babys brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.
Even the writer of the Washington Post article, who witnessed reductions in Dr. Evans office, calls these babies clearly human. While some, like Dr. Evans, like to justify selective reduction based on their claims that it is not abortion (because they are not ending the entire pregnancy) and that it increases the remaining babies odds of survival, there are several problems that are not addressed. Of course, while a reduction of twins to a single baby may increase one babys chance of survival from 92% to 97.5%, based on Dr. Evans numbers the one baby killed has his survival rate plummet from 92% to 0%. Dont tell me thats in the best interest of saving human life.
1) Disabilities: Dr. Evans (and others like him) see nothing wrong with ending the life of a baby simply because he or she has a genetic condition or disability. Even the fact that triplets have an increased chance of being born with cerebral palsy (a condition that typically has a normal life expectancy and that often does not take away a persons ability to care for themselves) is justification. A mere chance of being disabled is used to rationalize away an unneeded killing.
2) Fertility Treatments: Even in 2007, Dr. Evans admitted that 75% of his selective reduction patients had undergone IVF. Thats not even mentioning the other fertility treatments out there. IVF and fertility treatments must be reined in if we are to stop this unnecessary slaughter of the innocent. Fertility doctors should refuse to implant so many babies at once. Parents should refuse to allow this. Selective reduction the killing of multiples would almost never occur if it were not for out-of-control fertility treatments. This must stop.
Pro-lifers need to take three steps of action. First, we need to speak out about selective reduction and pregnancy management and call it for what it is: the killing of innocent babies, just like abortion. Second, we need to keep talking about the value of every life disabled, genetically sound, or not. We need to bring to light all the things that people with Down Syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, and the rest can do as well as all the advances that have been made for them today. (For a great example, look at Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor born with cerebral palsy.) Finally, pro-lifers need to speak out about the immorality of the current fertility treatment system. No doctor should have the right to implant so many babies that will just be killed. No parent should have that choice. Its time we reformed our fertility system.
I wonder if Dr. Evans’ mother considered “pregnancy management”, you know for the good of the world as a whole.
In a civil world abortion would be considered a crime. In our world, abortion is considered a rite of passage.
Back in the 1930's, this would be called Lebensunwertes Leben. Eugenics is alive and well in the world today.
The devil is walking this earth and he is not lonely.
Wasn’t Howard Dean and abortionist? @@cking scumbag was the head of the DNC too!
This country definitely has a problem when so many people are either OK with, or don’t care one way or another about abortion. Or is it so many people that support abortion, or, is it a snow job by the media that shows “crowds” of “Women’s rights” supporters using camera angles and lies to inflate the actual numbers of people who agree with abortion.
I can and would kill a person if I had to(in self defense or defending an innocent) but I still get this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I drive by Planned “Parent”HOOD on HWY 45 in Houston. Usually on a Saturday or Sunday(when it is closed and dead babies are probably in their trash cans) on the way to see my son, whose mom, my ex, actually thought abortion was an option.
UNFORGIVABLE - Nothing, Nothing gets me as fired up as this. Not thugs, Not reverse Racism, Nothing!
you got that right. However, God is going to take over and end this madness.
Isn’t chasing a baby around to put a needle in it the same as chasing a person around to KILL IT? It’s all murder...no matter how these slezeballs try to spin it they are murdering babies.... they WILL PAY. They cannot escape God.
“Isnt chasing a baby around to put a needle in it the same as chasing a person around to KILL IT? Its all murder...no matter how these slezeballs try to spin it they are murdering babies.... they WILL PAY. They cannot escape God.”
I have to say something uncomfortable...
That image of a doctor with a needle in his hand, killing...
I’m sure he had music playing...was thinking where to go for dinner that evening...cursing the little life that kept evading his needle’s sharp point...
Please. I beg you. Before you commit to voting for any liberal out of expediency, or fear...promise to do one simple thing.
Think long and look deeply into your heart before you reach your decision. And while you are thinking about your choice, please hold a needle in your hand. ~A.~
The recent findings that fetal free floating DNA exists in the mother’s blood potentially allows for paternity testing, blood typing, gender testing and genetic testing at 10-15 weeks of pregnancy. This will make terminations for the non-desired characteristics much more common - often before anyone knows your pregnant and before the moral cut off many people have (since it’s at a stage where many pregnancies miscarry).
placemark for tomorrow pingout unless wag gets it done.
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