Way back in 2004, when same-sex marriage was still mostly on the periphery of public debate, I argued that the logic of contraception would eventually lead to a right for same-sex couples to create their own biological children with some sort of cloning. This story seems like a partway step between the final two steps in the progression that I described:
“Obviously, us being two women, we were like, ‘How can we make this happen?'” Ashleigh said. “We felt like there has to be a way.”
It turned out there was a way for both women to carry their child.
Fertility specialists Dr. Kathy Doody and her husband, Dr. Kevin Doody, of the CARE Fertility in Bedford, Texas, were the first to try reciprocal effortless in vitro fertilization using radical technology, which gave the Coulters a shot at motherhood.
“We were just talking one night at home and I said, ‘You know, I think we could use this for a same-sex couple,'” Dr. Kathy recalled. “And Kevin said: ‘I think you’re right. I think we could.'”
Using phrases like “passing the baton,” the article explains how both women carry a fertilized embryo. The egg comes from one, who carries the in vitro-fertilized embryo for a while. Then she hands it off to the other woman to carry to term.
Even if this weren’t an experimental procedure, one imagines there must be some risk associated with each step. As a parent, something about the whole thing seems cavalier to me.
Obviously, the experience of parenting is part of why men and women plan to have children in the modern world, but experimenting and taking risk with those children’s lives in order to enhance the experience for the parents suggests there’s a more fundamental change in social perspective going on here, and we ought to be aware of it.