Quick Rant: Synthetic Children

My quick rant…

By now many of you may have heard the foolishness of Dolce & Gabanna’s controversial remarks that took the internet by storm earlier this week. If you haven’t heard about it, let me hip you on some of the controversy that Leigh Weingus wrote for The Huffington Post:

According to translations, the pair — who dated for 23 years and broke up in 2005 — stated that children born through IVF are “children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalog.”

“I am gay, I cannot have a child. I guess you cannot have everything in life,” Dolce added. “Life has a natural course, some things cannot be changed. One is the family.”

What? How are children synthetic when they are born with human DNA? Now, I’m not going to slay them like the rest of the internet did with their comments because what I think they were saying is that they choose not to have children because they are gay and they don’t want to reproduce children through IVF. Okay, I get it. Your choice.

But, the comments about children being synthetic were wrong. As I’ve shared on here before, my munch was created through IVF. It took two attempts to get it right and we were pregnant. It was hard. It was painful. It was not traditional, but we wanted a baby. We were a traditional family who had problems conceiving, but does it matter? Does it make my baby less synthetic?

Many couples struggle with fertility issues. I’m an advocate for fertility options and healthy families. We can’t judge choices to use science to get a baby as a joke. Many children wouldn’t be here and I can’t imagine a day without my munch’s smile.

I wish that all people would realize the simple truth…Children are a gift from God. No matter how they are conceived. We should be thankful for them.



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