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Whites Only: But Everyone Pays for It

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, March 01, 2018 | 0 comments

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Christine Gudorf's thoughtful essay on the McCaughey septuplets (Bulletin No. 4, May/June) focuses on ethical questions concerning God's will and individuals' moral responsibility for the reproductive choices they make.

This focus reflects a common approach to reproduction. Reproductive rights are often framed as a matter of individual autonomy and freedom from government interference in personal procreative decision making.

For most Americans, reproductive freedom means the right to choose. Discussion about the ethics of reproduction tends to center on the morality of the choices people make.

If we focus too intently on whether or not the McCaugheys made the right decision when they chose to have seven more children, we miss far more critical issues raised by reproduction-assisting technologies.

We should not be asking whether the McCaugheys contravened a moral consensus but what a moral social policy regarding fertility enhancement would be.

At present, there are disturbing race and class disparities in policies concerning childbearing. The current consensus on the use of reproductive technologies appears to treat white middle-class couples and poor minority families in stark contrast.

The fertility business serves primarily white people even though blacks have a higher infertility rate.

White women seeking treatment for fertility problems are twice as likely as black women to use high-tech treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Many black Americans were troubled by the celebration accompanying the birth of the McCaughey children, who are white, when compared with the media's disregard of a black couple in Washington, D.C., who conceived six babies (without medical intervention) at about the same time.

Image: Hannah's Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss, by Jennifer Saake. Published: NavPress (February 1, 2014)Hannah's Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss
by Jennifer Saake
-- Hannah's heart beat with a mother's love long before she was blessed with a child.

Through the years of waiting and longing, her gentle heart was nearly crushed under the weight of grief.

You can meet Hannah in the pages of 1 Samuel, chapters 1 and 2.

The Bible says she was barren, and we know she suffered heartache, anguish, and grief because of her empty arms. Perhaps you do too.

Hannah's Hope is for all who long for a child yet to be conceived, grieve for a baby too soon passed from the womb, or have lived through the no-man's-land of failed adoption.

It is intended as a guide to assist you in making wise decisions as you struggle through your grief.

And by the end of the journey, God may surprise you by the ways He uses to answer your heart's cry.

Compassionately written by a woman who knows well these painful struggles, Hannah's Hope will direct you to the Source of strength, whose name is the God of all comfort.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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