Fetal Reduction: The Garden of Eden Re-Visited

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As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table…She didn’t want to see the two shadows floating inside her… “we created this child in such an artificial manner — in a test tube, choosing an egg donor, having the embryo placed in me — and somehow, making a decision about how many to carry seemed to be just another choice.  The pregnancy was all so consumerish to begin with, and this became yet another thing we could control.”

-New York Times The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy, Ruth Padawer, August 10, 2011

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made…5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil… she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked. (Genesis 3)

The sophisticated technology and complex moral dilemmas that parents like Jenny face are seemingly light years away from the dawn of human history and the great temptation of the serpent in Genesis. But as the reproductive drama unfolds as Jenny describes in the New York Times article on the pregnancy reduction of twins, the temptation faced by our first parents has never been more diabolically clear and powerful.

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