Yes, I know. This is a very touchy topic for many people, but after reading an article that talked about certain fertility treatment protocols resulting in higher numbers of birth defects, it got me thinking about the subject.
I’m not convinced that people who are infertile should be having biological children. There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong. I have met a few lovely people who were born via in vitro fertilization and the world is a better place for them being in it. Nevertheless, just maybe there is a sound biological and/or genetic reason that your body isn’t reproducing (this goes for both men and women). Maybe the money spent on fertility treatments, paid out of pocket and by insurance companies would be better spent elsewhere, and people with trouble conceiving could adopt one of the millions of wonderful children worldwide that are already born and waiting for a loving home.
I don’t have children, but I am a fan of them, and while I know there is a strong urge among people to have children to carry on their biological information, just because it can be done, doesn’t mean it necessarily should be.
Another thing that bothers me about fertility treatments is that they often result in multiple births since more than one embryo is often implanted at once and sometimes they all take. I don’t think that induced multiple births are a good thing, and I have read some research suggesting that having more than two babies per birth is associated with a higher incidence of developmental problems and delays. The human body is meant to gestate one thing at a time, not a litter, and there are many sets of natural twins I know of who had some complication or other. At the very least, many of them are born premature, which is definitely associated with a higher risk factor for various congenital issues. Something to think about.
Then you have mental patients such as Octomom and Mrs. Kate + 8 and her brood of little ratings units who have not only abused fertility treatments, but then used their resultant litters to garner celebrity status, obscene incomes and lavish lifestyles (some more successfully than others). Having a whole mess of kids that you aren’t equipped to care for independently is not something that should be encouraged or enabled by medical professions.
Maybe my atheism makes me look at the whole issue differently, but if you are religious, why can’t you trust to your God’s plan and let nature decide if biological kids are in the cards for you?