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invitro fertilization

Why is it that parents (mothers) go through invitro and have X amount of eggs implanted, then when there turns out to be 6 babies, the parents say they don't want to selectively reduce? Often the reason is because the parents "don't want to play God" but don't they realise they ALREADY were playing God by making babies through an artificial means?


Asked by Anonymous at 7:12 AM on Mar. 15, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • I disagree. Having a child is not a right but a gift. If that is not possible, going into the lab to create life in a dish or otherwise, is deciding which ones will be given a chance and which won't. With this we then get the "snow flake babies" that wait for adoption in hopes someone will "implant' them and give them a chance to live. If we did this on the same scale with cattle--PETA would have a fit!!! If we implanted cows with several calves and then went back in 4 and aborted the "extra" calves ---the cattle industry would be a target of some pretty nasty boutrage. Or if we did this to dogs. BUT we like to sanitize it and call it "fertility" procedures. And the post about it being a chance of a "split" into twins--MOST multiples in these procedures are NOT identical but fraternal.....that means there were several eggs and not one that split!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:00 PM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • With IVF, the sperm still needs to meet up with, and penetrate the egg....except it is in a petri dish instead of the uterus. There is no guarantee that any or all eggs will fertilize. In that respect, it's no more "playing God" than having sex. There are more eggs recruited with the help of meds, but a woman taking clomid does that too. She is at a higher risk of multiples than through IVF where there is much more control. Most doctors would not transfer many embryos to an otherwise healthy woman. One or two for women under 35 is the standard. The goal is not to create multiples, but rather one healthy take-home baby. When one or two embryos are transferred and a woman ends up with triplets or quads, that had nothing to do with the number of embryos. That has to do with the normal biological chance that an embryo will split to form identical twins.

    Answer by halfpint_ny at 7:53 AM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • Yes, I know that many twins conceived this way are fraternal. My fraternal sons included. However, many of the higher-order multiple cases involve at least one embryo split. And, cows are often knocked up through artificial insemination. I don't see PETA lined up at farms across the country. Thanks for comparing human mothers to cows, by the way. Lovely imagery. Let me go get milked....

    Answer by halfpint_ny at 1:29 PM on Mar. 15, 2009