A reader writes:

I have read each and every one of these stories you have posted, along with others posted on other blogs.  Many have reduced me to tears.  I've been struck again and again by how very little control a woman has over her body while she's carrying a child.  I don't mean in terms of pro-choice versus pro-life.  I mean in terms of genetic abnormalities and defects, things that are unpredictable and can't be easily explained; how a woman can do everything she's supposed to do, and sometimes it doesn't make a bit of difference.

There is probably nothing worse than being told your baby will die no matter what you do.  The outcome is out of your control.  It seems to me that perhaps being able to control when it happens, in an attempt to spare your child as much pain as possible, while obviously a small comfort, is better than nothing.

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