They also wrote of their concern for increased congenital abnormalities resulting from assisted reproduction; the treatment of human embryos as "merely property"; and fetal reduction
procedures, which they view as "wrong, unjustified, and bad public policy."
Healy, on "selective fetal reduction
" -- aborting some of the children early to help some survive.
(And not a single person who helped would have suggested "fetal reduction
to assess the psychological and physical effects of fetal reduction
." (30) By these means the numbers of selective terminations can be reduced, and the women who seek selective termination can be both protected and empowered.
MZT gestations present patients and physicians with a dilemma because the continuation of the pregnancy can seriously threaten the health of both the mother and fetuses, while selective fetal reduction
carries the risk of losing all the fetuses and is associated with a high risk of obstetric complications, especially prematurity (>90%).
Selective fetal reduction
is an option, but it has its own complications and risks.
The context was an article on "fetal reduction
"--women who undergo fertility enhancement procedures can discover they are carrying four, five or more babies.
The opinion advises physicians to tell patients about the risks and the socioeconomic burdens of multiple births and to counsel them in advance about the option of fetal reduction
to decrease perinatal risks in the case of a high-order pregnancy.
That compared with a mean birth weight of 3,206 g in 514 women who gave birth to singletons and had not experienced fetal reduction
, either spontaneous or selective, and a mean birth weight of 3,166 g in 15 patients who delivered singleton infants after selective fetal reductions
This procedure is euphemistically called 'fetal reduction
', and the parents' reactions to this procedure are similar to those experienced after abortion for genetic reasons: sadness, guilt, depression.