Do I think that abortions should be used as birth control? No I do not. Lots of young girls find themselves pregnant from lack of knowledge and women find them self pregnant from failed birth control. Should you repetitively find our self in this situation I don't think there should be a choice.. However that is not why I am pro choice.
When I was pregnant with the girls; I didn't find out it was twins until 20 weeks and at that time I also informed that one was measuring 2 weeks smaller. I was then sent to BC Children's hospital where the doctors informed me that; it was most likely that their egg did not split in half causing one to be smaller and half a smaller portion of the placenta, it was not TTS and they did not know how long the smaller twin had been two weeks behind or if she was even still growing.
I was explained that the chances of carrying the twins to term was not possible and that there would come a time when there wasn't enough blood flow/nutrients going from the smaller part of the placenta to the smaller twin. When that happened it would either be caught and they would have to be delivered right away or it would happen sudden and not be caught and the smaller one would die causing either; the bigger twin to die or have severe brain damage. If the one was to pass away, the blood from the little over half of the functioning placenta would then have to filter through both babies which would cause lack of oxygen and nutrients. I was told that it was the doctors opinions that they didn't think they would make it and was more pushed towards terminating the sicker twin.
You can only terminate one twin till 23 weeks 6 days and then the umbilical cord would be to thick. Because the sicker twin was 2 weeks behind she wasn't a 20 week gestation baby at this point, she was actually 18 week gestation. Baby's need to be 24 weeks to survive out side of utero. So if we watched her growth until 23 weeks and 6 days and it was still steadily two weeks behind that means she would still only be a 21 week 6 day baby. So she would have to grow at least 2-3 more weeks AFTER the time given to make the choice to save one or both.
How can you not be pro choice in that decision? Had the sick twin stopped growing in the early weeks is it right to sign them both up for a death sentence? Or to know that the sicker twin would pass away is it fair to cause the other twin to live a life time with severely special needs by not terminating the sick twin before she passed, cutting off connecting blood flow?
Hannah thankfully did continue to grow passed 23 weeks 6 days so I chose to hope for the best. I am so grateful every day that she kept growing till 26 weeks(24 week for her) and didn't need to be delivered until 29 weeks. But there are lots of family's out there that weren't so lucky.