The Commodification of Hope and Life?

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

The New York Times Magazine realized it had been way too long since it had a selective-reduction piece and so here is a new one: “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy.” There is much to say, but a little quote for a little food for thought: 

“Things would have been different if we were 15 years younger or if we hadn’t had children already or if we were more financially secure,” she said later. “If I had conceived these twins naturally, I wouldn’t have reduced this pregnancy, because you feel like if there’s a natural order, then you don’t want to disturb it. But 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.”


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