8 September, 2004
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.
Thank you for your kind words. We’re grateful for the opportunity to support your halachic observance.
Most halachic authorities permit fetal reduction in cases where it is medically indicated, and there is increasing medical and halachic consensus to reduce three fetuses to two.
These questions are complex, and require individual halachic consultation, because they touch on the life of each fetus and on the mother’s health. For further discussion of the issues involved, you may wish to arrange a personal consultation with a Nishmat Fertility Counselor, a Yoetzet Halacha who has completed additional specialized training in this area. Consultations are free and can take place in person, by phone, or via internet conference.
This response was updated on 29 April, 2021.
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