On June 12th, two sets of sextuplets were born 10 hours apart and have sparked a little controversy. The problem is that three of the premature babies have already died in one of the families. That mother only made it to 22 weeks. Both mothers used artificial means (fertility drugs or insemination) to get pregnant. Both mothers were offered selective reduction early on in order to decrease the risks to the suviving baby (ies) and the mom. Both mothers declined.
Looking at the statistics of these two cases, there is a 33% mortality between these two families. This again shows that the infant mortality rate is this country can be artificially high and gives more ammunition to those who rank our health care system poorly.