This woman is refusing to abort her conjoined twins because of her strict religious (Catholic) beliefs. The twins have two heads and one body (yeah, quite a thought) and have a one in five chance of survival according to some sources, and none at all according to others. She’s spent seven years trying to conceive, and I fully understand why she wants to continue with the pregnancy despite the risks, although I personally wouldn’t make the same choice. If she doesn’t want to abort, that’s entirely her right. She shouldn’t be pressured to abort, she should have and does have the right to choose regardless of the quality of life, if they live to birth, of the child (children?).
Her case is being used by anti-abortion campaigners as some sort of blessed example of the sanctity of life and ammo against abortion, and also by skeptics to make points about religious belief and abortion. According to pro-lifers LIFE, Â she’s an example to us all, although given she’s not aborting because she believes her horribly-malformed babies are “a gift from God” I’m not sure about the example part. It’s impossible to rationalise the impossible. Wait seven years to get pregnant and find out your twins are probably going to suffer then die. I can’t imagine the horror of that. But I also can’t imagine why I’d happily credit God with a blessing. Â What the hell sort of gift from God is this? Â What sort of God gives gifts like that? Does she really believe it? Or is it a way of trying to cling to hope in the face of horror? I genuinely don’t know, but I do know that I’m glad I don’t have to factor in ‘burning in hell’ when making decisions. Is the quality of life, the amount of suffering the babies will experience, less important than the opportunity to live? This is a question that should surely be weighed up on human, ethical and family grounds, not answered because of a mandate by organised religion. Where do you draw the line? Man is made in God’s image, except those with two heads?Â
Truthfully, I’m struggling with this one. I fully support the parents’ right to give their babies a chance if that’s what they want, but it upsets me to think that decision is being made because of religious bigotry. In the video interview, the mother says she’s happy and proud to have been ‘chosen by God’ to carry these twins. That makes me sad. If it’s a choice between that God or no God, I’ll take no God and let him hand out his ‘gifts’ to those who appreciate them.