Former Olympic Gymnast Pregnant With Triplets Refuses Doctors’ Advice to Abort

Halsey Credit Venture PhotographyABINGTON, Northhampton — A former Olympic gymnast in the UK who is expecting triplets has refused her doctors’ advice to abort two of her unborn children due to health concerns and risks.

Jaime Halsey, 35, and her husband Steve found out that they were expecting triplets in October and were referred to specialists for further care. But because doctors believed the babies were at risk for Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) they advised that the Halseys consider selective reduction.

“We had our first scan in Northampton at 12 weeks and were immediately referred to specialists at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford,” she told the Northampton Chronicle last week. “They told us one of the twins is 25 percent smaller than the other and there’s a massive risk of further growth restrictions.”

Doctors said that they had concerns over Halsey’s health as well.

“I also risk putting my body under three times the strain to keep them healthy,” she explained, “so they advised the termination.”

But Halsey said that abortion was out of the question.

“My initial emotional reaction was ‘I can’t do that. I will keep them all and carry on with the pregnancy whatever,'” she recalled. “Other people have triplets and I wasn’t prepared to abort two healthy babies just to make life easier.”

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Halsey, who is now 26 weeks into her pregnancy, remains committed to carrying all three of her children through to delivery.

“I am determined to make this happen,” she stated. “I could not live with myself if I sacrificed two of them to save one.”

Her husband likewise looks forward to adding the children to their family. The couple currently has a two-year-old daughter named Flo.

“Everything went well at the last scan and all three babies are growing well,” Mr. Halsey told reporters. “The one twin remains smaller, but all three are extremely active, which is good news.”

He said that he and his wife were like-minded in refusing the doctors’ recommendations to abort.

“We never thought about terminating two of the babies for a second,” Halsey stated. “We want to bring all three of them into our happy family.”

Jaime Halsey, then known as Jaime Moore, was the UK’s first female trampolinist to appear in the Olympics, performing at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She married Halsey, a professional rugby player, in 2009.

Photo: Venture Photography

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  • Fundisi

    Praise God that she is able to trust Him for the outcome.

    • Lisa

      Where in the article does it say that?

      • Fundisi

        No matter her reasons, she is placing her trust in God whether she thinks so or not, because He will determine the outcome. Yet, due to your previous postings, I can understand why you do not see God in the situation.

        • Lisa

          Has nothing to do with any previous post. She nor her husband say that they are Christians or trust God with the outcome. You made that up. She says “I am determined to make this happen.” She isn’t trusting God here.

          • Fundisi

            You are not worth my time. You have a spirit of strife and division and are looking for any reason to attack me because I do not support your heterodox beliefs.

          • Lisa

            Amazing how you blame and attack me when you are in the wrong. Are you too proud to say you made a mistake? And no I don’t have a spirit of strife or division I just don’t like lies.

          • Fundisi

            Then stop causing division and strife and lying!

          • Lisa

            I didn’t cause anything and I didn’t lie. Reread the article and tell me where she or the husband say they are trusting God. You won’t find it because it’s not there. You are the one who said she is trusting God who is the one lying? I just called you on it.

          • Fundisi

            Stop lying and causing strife.

            I said in response to you, “No matter her reasons, she is placing her trust in God whether she thinks so or not, because He will determine the outcome.” That is all I meant , whether you like it or not, I don’t care. I did not lie, but you are so hate filled you were just looking for any reason to attack me.

          • Lisa

            I’m not filled with hate you said something that wasn’t true and I asked you about it. You’re the one getting upset, not me.

          • Fundisi

            I am not upset – I am just telling people what and who you are and its not pretty.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            It’s a fair point you are making here, Lisa. I read this story on LifeSiteNews also, and nowhere did I see any mention of God or Christ there either. It goes to show that any reasonable person should know that abortion is wrong and confirms Romans 2:15: “They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.” God bless you, Lisa!

          • Lisa

            That’s a good verse to bring up. God bless you too!

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Yes, both times I read that story, I just assumed that they were Christian. Thanks for pointing that out! I think that the verse I quoted is why there is also some truth to what Fundisi is saying: they are acknowledging God, even if they don’t know it, because without God, then aborting babies is just a personal opinion, not an objective immorality. Both this beautiful lady and her hubby seem to know that they have an objective moral duty not to abort. Thanks again for pointing out what many of us may have assumed. (And, it should be noted that they may indeed be Christians – it may just not have been reported.)

          • Lisa

            I agree with you that they are acknowledging God with the verse you’ve shared. However I don’t agree that she is putting her trust in God like fundisi said. Acknowledging God by choosing right is not the same thing as trusting God. She is not trusting God according to the article. She says “I am determined to make this happen.” Fundisi said she was trusting God for the outcome and I don’t see that at all.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Yes, good point, Lisa: they are unwittingly acknowledging God, not trusting Him, based on the info in the story. They could be trusting Him and we just don’t know it, but we can’t make that claim without further info. Very good point you make. God bless!

  • Gary

    The people who want no population growth are going to hate this.

    • YU Suk

      ‘White’ population growth you mean.

      • Lisa

        All population growth. The poor people in Africa! The Europeans have convinced themselves not to have too many children or no children, though I guess many there are white people. I did read that Italians liked having only one child. I don’t think the Japenese have too many children either. I thought I read where they have more elderly people then people being born. In China you can only have the one kid and everyone knows they prefer male children to female so they have a female shortage problem, because they either kill the girls or abandon them. I did read an article that in Belgium they were legalizing euthanizing young kids with disabilities.

  • Linda

    In the name of Jesus they will be perfectly fine and we receive no bad reports from any Drs.

  • alnga

    Apparently the Brits have fallen victim to the Muslim approach of not putting a high value on life.

  • William Tyndale

    Ah…the UK…where the Christian Religion is all but dead, and children in the womb are viewed by most (albeit not all) as merely a lump of gelatinous flesh until or unless they can escape the abortionist’s saw and knife unharmed into the world. Good for this lady and her husband. Now she needs to find different obstetricians.

  • Bingo

    It’s always good to see people with some good heads on their shoulders standing up against the tide of the murderous among us.