This has to be said simply and clearly: Killing someone because they are unwanted is murder. Period. We cannot condone these kinds of choices. And the American medical system should not be a party to this. From TIME comes a horrifying story of parents aborting a presumably healthy set of twins to get a child they want:
A couple in Australia — already parents of three sons — have announced they have aborted twin boys in their quest to replace their baby daughter, who died soon after birth. Although sex selection via IVF is illegal in Australia, they petitioned a patient review panel for permission, which was denied. They've now appealed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which is slated to hear their case in March.
In the event that their appeal is unsuccessful, the couple has said they intend to travel to the U.S. for assistance conceiving a daughter. Since 2008, Victoria's Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act has prohibited sex selection except in cases where it would allow parents to avoid transmitting a genetic disease. It's legal — though still controversial in many circles — in the U.S., where pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PIGD) is used to separate XX from XY chromosomes for reasons of "family balancing."
The Herald Sun said the couple, who has not been identified, said opting to terminate their twin pregnancy was “a traumatic decision to make but they could not continue to have unlimited numbers of children.”
It's not that the woman doesn't love her sons; she does, but she says she is griefstricken over the loss of her daughter. Conceiving a girl has become an obsession "that has become vital to her psychological health.”