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The High Costs of Modern Day Human Reproduction

The New York Times brings us a disturbing story today about the high costs--they emphasize the financial and emotional costs, but much could also be said about the high moral costs--of our modern (or is it post-modern?) ways of making babies.  I will leave it to you to wonder whether there is much in this story to make the effort sound appealing to you and yours . . . but I do rather wish that more couples with baby lust and considering the supposed wonders of IVF and other such procedures had girded themselves first with the facts presented in this piece.  There may be nothing more precious and worthy of esteem than the love and affection between parents and children.  But I do think it is legitimate to wonder whether the gift of a child ought to be so actively and fiercely solicited when it is not freely given.  And I also wonder whether, when it is so solicited and demanded, it is possible to remember that the result is still a gift.  The potential consequences of forcing nature in this way ought to give more people than it seems to do a reason for pause and reflection.  And it makes one wonder, too, if more ought not to be said about the many virtues and the pleasures of  the amazing gift of adoption.
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