Babies galore

 
Published: Wednesday 31 December 1997

there have been mixed reactions in the us over a lady giving birth to seven babies. Only one of the babies - of Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey - was still breathing with the aid of a ventilator. The other six were breathing normally. For the clients of Washington-based psychologist, Susan Mikesell, people are grappling with the emotional tangles of reproductive science. Some feel that these seven babies are an inescapable reminder of everything that can go right and wrong in the high-tech making of children. For Kristin Hansen, a spokesperson for conservative Family Research Council, the parents' decision not to abort some of the foetuses is "a wonderful example for this country".

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