“Reduction,” aka Murder

Posted: August 18, 2011 in abortion, adoption, america, controversy, family, sex

Al Mohler has posted an excellent new article reacting to The New York Times Magazine’s recent cover story detailing the horrific rise of pregnancy “reductions.”  Although there is no real excuse for this barbaric killing of innocent children, the justification offered has (predictably) become more and more superficial and self-centered.

Euphemisms are the refuge of moral cowardice, and no euphemism is so cowardly or so deadly as “reduction” — a word that sounds like math, but really means murder. The August 14, 2011 edition of The New York Times Magazine makes this fact clear in its cover story, “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy.”…

The “reduction” of multiple pregnancies is now part of the practice of obstetrics, though largely kept from public view. Ruth Padawer explains that the demand for reductions is driven by advances in reproductive technologies and the reluctance of many women to accept a multiple pregnancy. Some of the most widely-used fertility drugs increase the likelihood of a multiple pregnancy, as does the usual process of IVF procedures.

The procedure was first proposed as a means of reducing the risk of having three or more babies in a single pregnancy. In more recent years, the demand to reduce twins to a single pregnancy has grown steadily. At one New York City medical center, over half of all reduction procedures were to reduce twins to a single pregnancy…

“Ethics,” Dr. Evans [an abortion doctor who performs “reductions”] told Padawer, “evolve with technology.” That is a foundation for murderous medical ethics. The Culture of Death has worked its way into the logic of modern medical ethics to the extent that these obstetricians justify killing healthy babies just because the parents do not want the burden of twins.

As God’s people, we must pray for those who are considering abortion, that God would convict them of it’s immorality and lead them to choose a better way.  Even more, we must be first in line to support these women, offering our time, money, and love.  Finally, if we boldly declare that abortion is evil, we must seriously consider adoption, thus offering a Gospel-proclaiming alternative to this horrible tragedy.


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