A Couple Terminates Twin Boys Because They Want A Girl — How Disturbing!

Fri, January 7, 2011 3:03pm EST by 9 Comments

iStockAn Australian woman had an abortion when she learned she was having twin boys and is going to court for the right to have IVF again in the hopes of having a girl. Should couples be allowed to choose the sex of their baby this way?

It is sad to hear what some people will do to get what they want. An Australian couple aborted their twin boys, who were conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF), for the simple reason that they would prefer to have a little girl. Their case raises ethical questions about the idea of sex selection, which they plan on addressing with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, after their bid to chose the sex of their child via IVF was rejected. What do you think about this?

A woman gave birth to twins who have two different fathers!

The couple, who already has three sons, wants a girl because their baby daughter died. The mother, who is in her 30s, said she loved her sons but would do anything to have a daughter. “After what we have been through we think we are due for a bit of luck,” her husband told the Daily Telegraph. “We know we definitely won’t be replacing her in any way, but want the chance to have the baby girl we don’t have.”

According to law in the Australian state of Victoria, sex selection is banned unless it is being used to prevent the risk of the transmission of a genetic abnormality or disease. All IVF clinics in Australia adhere to a code of ethics and follow strict guidelines on the use of sex selection.

What do you think about the “twibling” trend — twins born to two surrogates?

The man says that sex selection should be determined on a case-by-case basis. “Girls will go and get abortions and terminate when they know it’s not the right sex,” he said. “That’s the reality.We think it’s our right to have a chance to do it. It’s ridiculous that sex selection is illegal, actually.”

Australian IVF pioneer Gab Kovacs agrees with the couple saying that he doesn’t understand why they would be banned from having a girl. “I can’t see how it could possibly harm anyone,” Professor Kovacs said. “Laws should be made to protect people from things that are going to damage them. Why should we make this illegal? Who is this going to harm if this couple have their desire fulfilled?”

A woman chose to get rid of one twin while pregnant

The couple say that if the court doesn’t overturn the decision, they will come to the United States in order to conceive a girl. HollyMoms, what do you think about this situation?

–Leigh Blickley

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tasha

Posted at 5:14 PM on May 21, 2011  

If a couple are so desperate to have a baby that they’re using IVF they should be grateful to conceive at all, not pick and choose what sex they want.

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neonlove

Posted at 1:16 AM on April 20, 2011  

Maybe this couple should just freeze themselves because scientists are working on being able to allow parents to choose everything about their child…from hair/eye color to how tone their body is and what sports they will play…If you don’t know the song “In the year 2525″ look it up because that is what our world is turning into.

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Tara

Posted at 7:42 PM on March 29, 2011  

Disgusting!!! And these people think this is allowed here in the US???? Thats a barbaric practice. Killing a child because they are the wrong sex is appalling and these people should be forced to be sterilized, not having IVF treatments when they already have 3 kids, and just murdered 2 because they are boys. Have they had psyche evals yet?

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April

Posted at 1:44 PM on March 25, 2011  

OK So they didn’t want the twin boys, why abort? They couldv’e put those babies up for adoption and then tried for their girl. There are so many people out there that can’t have babies and the people that can have them are just aborting them like they’re pieces of trash. I’m not saying you should never have an abortion, there are circumstances that sometimes require it.

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Sophia

Posted at 7:56 AM on February 16, 2011  

This is disgusting that a couple, particularly one who already have children, as they know the intensity of a parent’s love for their children, would do this! I actually can’t believe it!

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Alyssa

Posted at 5:13 PM on January 13, 2011  

Why do we care? It’s their business and who are any of us to tell the couple what their morals are? If they want a girl, let them have one….it’s not like it’s harming anyone to use IVF to choose a sex. Seriously, there would be less abortions in these cases if there was the choice to choose the sex of the baby.

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Stef

Posted at 11:26 AM on January 15, 2011  

Less abortions??? You don’t know the sex of the baby until you are pregnant. Who does it hurt? In this case it took the lives of two boys.

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CourtneyD

Posted at 7:23 PM on January 9, 2011  

That is insane!! Instead about being happy with the thought of giving birth again..they instead aborted them b/c of their sex! How incredibly selfish of them..wonder what they told the other children? “Sorry sons, but we’ve had enough of boys, what we really want is a girl!” They don’t deserve another chance at the IVF..they had their chance and they choose to abort it,so to speak.

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Courtney

Posted at 10:45 AM on January 8, 2011  

this is sick and heartless the parents had now right to terminate the pregnancy just because it wasn’t they sex they desired. this would be just like if Joanne Woodward had done this with her & Paul Newman’s youngest daughter because they wanted a boy. after two girls plus his two girls from his first marriage to kind of even up the sexes in the home a bit more. the only difference is ultrasound didn’t excist in 1964/65 nor did IVF. granted they never would’ve done that because she’d had a miscarriage previously and likely felt an abortion was almost the surgical equivalant and she still carries the emotional scars from that loss over half a century later and had also seen the havoc an abortion leaves in it’s wake through her dear friend Patricia Neal who was forced to have one in 1950 and still kicked out of hwood and carried the guilt until she died last summer.

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