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Selective Reduction VS Abortion

When a mother conceives multiples (naturally and with medical intervention) she is usually given the option of selective reduction. Selective reduction means choosing to terminate one or more babies while allowing others to live. Abortion is terminating a pregnancy all together. Do you feel that selective reduction and abortion are the same thing? Yes or no? Opinions and reasons why??


Asked by roxy85 at 5:04 PM on Nov. 9, 2008 in Health

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Answers (8)
  • It is clear from the answers here that many of you do not understand the purpose of selective reduction. The entire point of the procedure is to give the best possible chances to an actual baby being born. They are not trying to get blue eyes or a specific trait, they aren't trying to choose the "most valuable player"...they are trying to have a successful pregnancy. The more zygotes there are, the smaller the odds that any of them will result in a baby. By eliminating some, they increase the odds in favor of a child being carried to term. It is not the same as abortion, because someone having an abortion does NOT want a baby.

    Answer by jespeach at 2:29 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

  • It is still an abortion no matter what you call it. A fertalized egg IS a  life and killing it is abortion.



    Answer by vbruno at 5:09 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

  • Not sure. On the surface, lives are being ended in both cases, but when you look at the definitions, it's different. Abortion is termination of a pregnancy altogether while selective reduction involves the termination of one child in a multiple pregnancy. Im leaning towards selective reduction being the same as abortion btw, based on the surface.

    Answer by TAG2.0 at 5:15 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

  • Selective reduction of what? the number of babies. would not do it myself. I am very sad for all the loss of life that goes on in the fertility offices.

    Answer by onlycathyo at 5:23 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

  • Yes. It is the same as abortion. You are terminating a life, whether it is part of a pregnancy or the whole thing doesn't matter. I don't agree with abortion in most instances, but I am particularly disturbed by this practice. If someone risks death or complications, it should be taken into consideration, but otherwise it's disgusting.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:54 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

  • Geez. They should just have all the kids and then at about age 5 they will be able to tell which children's lives have more value, that's when the selective reduction should take place. What if they do it during pregnancy and pick the wrong one?

    Please note this answer is PURELY SARCASTIC. It is intended to point out how disturbing this practice is.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:17 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

  • selective reduction is just the "nice" words for abortion... There is a life in your body, you are going to end that life. Its abortion.

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 1:12 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

  • Selective reduction IS abortion... and abortion is Murder.

    Answer by Luvmylilmonkies at 11:36 AM on Nov. 21, 2008