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The same scene keeps happening over and over again.  Woman takes fertility drugs.  Maybe she's a Quiverfull member, maybe she comes from a large family, maybe she and her spouse just want a gazillion kids all at once without having to space them out.  And bingo:  A gazillion fetuses.

But there's one small problem.

We weren't designed to birth more than two or at most three kids at a time.  Our bodies just can't handle it, and neither can the prospective babies-to-be.

And so, the docs, knowing what will happen otherwise (because they're been through this before), offer the woman the chance to terminate those fetuses that aren't going to make it anyway.  And of course, the woman and her spouse say no, because that would be a violation of "God's will".

And then the fetuses pop out of the womb four months early, and start terminating themselves one by one by one despite the best efforts of modern medicine, and the ones that are left, instead of being healthy and whole and sound, are what is known as "salvaged babies".

Instead of having one or two healthy kids, you'll wind up with three or four dying at birth and (maybe) one or two clinging to life but without the brain matter they would have had if they'd been without the brain matter they would have had in a less-crowded womb.

But that's okay, because that's somehow "God's will".


Originally posted to Phoenix Woman on Mon Jun 18, 2007 at 05:54 AM PDT.

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