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Fetal reduction

8 September, 2004

Question:

I was wondering what the law is concerning multi-fetal pregnancy reduction in the case of 4 or more fetuses? Thank you for having this website – it has been a big help in becoming more educated on the laws on niddah and the issues surrounding infertility.


Answer:

Thank you for the compliment.

Most authorities permit fetal reduction in cases of 4 or more fetuses to increase the chances of survival for those remaining. There is debate down to what number (2 or 3) to reduce.

In serious issues such as abortion, an individual question must be asked.


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