Terrible Xristian Xrazy scold and noted Momma’s Boy, Ross Douthat, has decided that somehow or other, children that are born from fertility treatments (read sperm and egg donors) have some sort of fundamental inferiority complex, because they are engineered.
It’s really quite a startling column, Ross found some people at a Xristianist foundation laying the groundwork for creating some sort of sanctions on people who want to have babies on their own (out of wedlock), or who cannot have babies on their own for whatever reason. The designer gene market is unregulated, why anyone, Anyone, ANYONE can have a baby if they have the money to get fertilized. It’s a scandal!
And Douthat notes that it is more difficult to adopt a baby than it is to have one, or have a donor. Bristol Palin could have told him this, and saved him 800 words but he needed a column.
Douthat cites this study which claims that these engineered Americans want to know more about where they came from, who the donor is, etc. He pays special attention (as did the study) to the fear that these people might end up in a sexual relationship with siblings and not know about it!
And both he and the study do not mention that these people might actually be interested to know their family health history – which a lot of my adopted friends tell me is the only reason that they want to track down their biological parents. I’ve never heard one mention the fear of incest.
Douthat does not seem to recall the blood test that he and Abbie had when they got married, you know, the one that assures you that you are not shtupping your or half sister, or whatever.
Douthat also fails to mention, or think about are the number of bastards that exist already, and the number of kids born from extra-marital affairs that have no idea that they are not who they think they are; and trust me, there are plenty. This story is as old as mankind, and certainly as old a Xristianity. I seem to recall a cuckold husband and father…
The proper thing to do, of course, is only have children the way that God and Nature insisted upon: married, procreational sex, and you better not enjoy it. This is 19th century thinking parading as if it were ripped from the headlines.
The Birds and the Bees (via the Fertility Clinic) – by Ross Douthat