Friday, January 30, 2009

Birth of Octuplets, Who Gets To Decide?

Photo by peagreengirl

Commenting on the woman who recently gave birth to octuplets conceived via ART, Dr. James Grifo, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the NYU School of Medicine had this to say:

"I don't think it's our job to tell them how many babies they're allowed to have. I am not a policeman for reproduction in the United States. My role is to educate patients."

I couldn't agree more! The job of telling women what pregnancy decisions they are, and are not, allowed to make and of policing female reproduction is the exclusive purview of:

1. Religionists

2. Politicians

3. Strangers who are not the patient's Ob/Gyn

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