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Illegal Beings: Human Clones

Disease Prevention and Treatment

Infertile People Have Rights Too!

by Linda Rader

Raising a child is a long term personal decision that has nothing to do with how other people perceive you. The desire for children is because of the love one experiences personally within the family.

Do your parents love you only when someone is watching? Or do you have a relationship with them that goes beyond what anyone else sees or thinks of your family? The desire to have a family is natural, inborn and age specific.

When women talk about a biological clock they are taking about a very real, biological instinct that kicks for women who have never had children and are reaching the end of their child bearing age. In other words late 30's to early 40's.

The desire for children is as strong and as natural as the desire for sex, for food or air. It just doesn't kick in for everybody at every age. In other words teenagers rarely have a desire to have children. That doesn't mean the desire to have children doesn't occur in humans. It means they haven't reached that stage of their lives yet.

For people who have no children the pain is as strong as it is for children who have no parents. Imagine if you lost yours.

Would you want parents simply so people wouldn't look down on you? Or for a more personal, a more intrinsic reason? Connection and love?

In the effort to end teenage pregnancy, we have encouraged women to wait longer and longer before starting a family. The responsible woman and man wait until they are out of school, established in a career, have some money saved up, have done all the selfish, personal thing they want to do so that they are now ready to sacrifice for the welfare of the family. They are mature. But the irony is that nature favors the teenage mother over the responsible mother. Fertility is highest during your teenage years but declines significantly for women in their late 30's and 40's.

That's because for most of our species existence individuals didn't typically live past 40 years old. The lengthing of life expectancy is a relatively new phenonmenon. Only in the last hundred years or so, a mere 4 or 5 generations have people in industrial countries started to live active and healthy lives at 40.

Women who wait that long to have a baby often can no longer conceive. However, like any other medical condition there is often help for infertility. Some time couples can conceive a child by invitro fertilization. Sometimes not even that works.

Cloning is the result of decades of work in understanding how and why embryos develop into fetuses. For many couples cloning provides the best hope of having a genetic child.

I find the argument "just go adopt someone else's child" as specious. People want a child that is their own. Fertile people certainly do. Why else would the overwhelming majority of fertile people choose to reproduce rather than first go out an adopt?

No one suggests that fertile people are selfish for not adopting. Why does the burden fall on the infertile?

Why should the infertile be singled out?