Circumventing biology is wrong
“John and Kate Plus Eight,” “Conception Story” and a whole slurry of TLC docu-drama reality TV glorifies the use of in vitro fertilization. I’ve watched several of these types of shows, unable to pull my face away from the television train wreck, and have come to a few conclusions.
First, in vitro fertilization is not cheap. WebMD reports that the average cost for a successful in vitro procedure in the United States is $12,400. That does not factor in if you will need additional assisted reproductive technologies, an egg donor or a sperm donor. Often these little extras make the bill total to over $25,000.
Finding that kind of cash lying around is not something a typical family can afford to do. Oddly enough, some health care providers will cover some of the costs.
I’m not one to pick on people for spending their money poorly, but in a world where social injustice is rampant, $25,000 can save hundreds of lives. In the case of families that choose in vitro, it makes a new life instead of saving someone already alive.
This brings me to point two: adoption. Somehow these families who choose to waste their cash and hours of time consuming fertility cocktails don’t seem to think any other child is good enough for them. Adoption isn’t always cheap, but in some instances with a $25,000 budget you could adopt a few children who need a family.
In vitro fertilization is one of the most selfish things a couple can do. It basically looks at all other children in the world that desperately want and need families, and then tells them, “You’re not good enough because we have superior DNA.”
The point I’m trying to get across is children shouldn’t be made in a lab. If you have to go through such strenuous means to conceive, maybe you shouldn’t have kids in the first place. It can lead to all kinds of stranger-than-reality situations, such as a Chicago woman who gave birth to her own grandchild. Or, my personal favorite, a Supreme Court case that had to answer the question about posthumous conception. Karen Capato gave birth to twins 18 months AFTER their father had died and her case went to court because she was trying to receive social security survivor’s benefits for her children.
If there is any doubt left about why in vitro fertilization is wrong, look at another burden on society: Nadya Suleman, a.k.a. Octomom. With six test-tube babies already in her uterus, this woman decides it’s a good idea to have one more, and ends up with eight more. She paid for all of her in vitro treatments using settlement money from a back injury, but still used public assistance (welfare) to support the children.
Are all situations like those above? Of course not. But there is one thing they all have in common: selfish parents who can’t stand the idea of not having their own peerage. To these types of people, anything less than their own flesh and blood just isn’t perfect enough to be bothered with.