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Mom of quintuplets bravely refused selective reduction

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Over Mother’s Day weekend, Erin Elizabeth Photography recounted the story of Kim and her husband Vaughn, a couple with two daughters, ages two and four, who decided to try to get pregnant again in the hopes of conceiving a son.

The couple was shocked to find not only were they pregnant with a boy, but with four more girls as well. Kim was having quintuplets. They had not used any fertility drugs, and so the chance of the pregnancy occurring was one in 55 million.

Erin Elizabeth Photography’s Facebook post also shares this quote from Kim:

After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life… I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried, I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival?? All I know is that I already love them, and with every heartbeat I hear, I connect with them more.

Kim is not the first woman to be offered “the selection method,” where in this case three of her children would have been aborted for the sake of their two siblings. It’s even more heart-wrenching that Kim would question if she was selfish or not for allowing all of her babies an equal chance at life.

Kim chose life for all five of her children, and her trust paid off. She and Vaughn have added Penelope, Beatrix, Allison, Tiffany and Keith to their family.

While Kim and Vaughn are doing their best, caring for seven children under the age of five isn’t easy. They need three cars just to travel. Kim’s family has set up a Go Fund Me page, which as of Monday morning has received almost $16,000 out of their $40,000 goal.

Kim uses her “Surprised by Five” Facebook page as her personal blog and acknowledged the news attention and Go Fund Me support her family has received with heartfelt thanks on Mother’s Day. Kim and her family were featured on 60 Minutes Australia, and have met with much love and admiration.

The “selection method” Kim was offered is also known as “selective reduction” – an abortion procedure often dressed up as “pregnancy management.”

The method used by Dr. Mark I. Evans involves targeting one or more of the preborn children and inserting a needle of potassium chloride into his or her heart. Sometimes the babies move before succumbing to death and get the first needle in an arm or a leg, but once the needle enters a baby’s heart, it is fatal. The idea has alarmingly become a trend over the past few years.

While an induction abortion is nearly always used late in pregnancy, the method of piercing the baby’s heart with poison is almost identical to the method used in “selective reduction” abortions:

A post-abortive father whose wife underwent the procedure recalls how his “soul carries a new scar.”

Thankfully, Kim and her family have been spared this scar on their souls because she chose life for all five of her precious quintuplets.

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