Why do "reductions" of twin pregnancies trouble pro-choicers?
This is what tortures pro-choicers. "I just couldn't sleep at night knowing that I terminated my daughter's perfectly healthy twin brother," says a commenter in the Times story. A Jezebel reader worries about "all the poor surviving twins who will one day find out that their other is missing." Another Jezebel reader writes:
I'd have a much easier time aborting a single baby or both twins than doing a reduction. When you reduce, the remaining twin will remain a persistent reminder of the unborn child. I think that, more than anything would make killing that fetus feel like killing another human, even though it wasn't fully developed. It would feel that way because you would have a living copy of the person you killed.
That's the anguish of reduction: watching the fetus you spared become what its twin will never be. And knowing that the only difference between them was your will.
Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.