Monday, December 13, 2010

The Demise: Baby or Beamer?

Although proudly right wing of Attila the Hun, I am also "pro-choice" (within strict guidelines) as they say - largely because of the religious wackos in the other camp.  However, this piece by Tom Blackwell in the National Post (Friday, Dec.10th) made me spew, demonstrating as it does an utter disregard for life in pursuit of a more expensive Merlot.  "Like so many other couples these days, the Toronto-area business executive and her husband put off having children for years as they built successful careers. Both parents were in their 40s - and their first son just over a year old - when this spring the woman became pregnant a second time. Seven weeks in, an ultrasound revealed the Burlington, Ont., resident was carrying twins. “It came as a complete shock,” said the mother, who asked not to be named. “We’re both career people. If we were going to have three children two years apart, someone else was going to be raising our kids. ... All of a sudden our lives as we know them and as we like to lead them [italics mine], are not going to happen.”  She soon discovered another option: doctors could “reduce” the pregnancy from twins to a singleton through a little-known procedure that eliminates selected fetuses - and has become increasingly common in the past two decades ...  The Ontario couple is part of what some experts say is a growing demand for reducing twins to one, fueled more by socio-economic imperatives [italics mine] than medical need, and raising vexing new ethical questions."  (The woman did, in fact, have the so-called "reduction".)  I am rarely nauseous and speechless at the same time, but this story was one of those times and I am only able to write about it now, days later.  Many barren couples would kill for a child and these people for no good medical reason, killed one of theirs.  I can scarcely believe that people can be so utterly self-centered and vain.  Yes, children can arrive at awkward points in our lives but the moral thing to do is suck it up and enjoy them, the Beamer can wait.