Critical Thinking #1
In Vitro Fertilization is a topic I feel is important. In Vitro is the process in which the egg (ovum) is fertilized by sperm outside the womb. This is the most common procedure when a woman is unable to conceive. There are many outlooks on the idea of having this method preformed. One of the many issues that set off in my mind is, “if you have the money for it, you can do it”. I can understand when a couple who is financially stable and in an environment that is “appropriate” wants to do in vitro. A family, which consists of a mother and father, is acceptable. Having a two-parent home is a much better environment for a child’s development. However, I do not feel it should be limited. There are some women who are infertile who are not married. Should they be excluded from the equation? I feel as if the circumstances should fluctuate. For example, a single woman with ...view middle of the document...
Perhaps all three of the zygotes end up being a successful pregnancy, that’s three children a family has to care for. For family that has no children, it is more than likely for the children to develop normally as opposed to a family that has one or two children already in the home.
Then I think of the debate of nature vs. nurture. The debate is whether we become who we are because of heredity (DNA) or because of environment (family situations, personal experiences). I think that both play a part in shaping who we are. With that being said, I contemplate how many kids should be in the home. By law, there should be a maximum of three. For instance, a stable married couple with two children whom wants to do IVF, with proper counseling and parenting classes, she would be eligible for the procedure. But that’s just in my world of course. All in all, I think it should be monitored by circumstances, whether there are other children in the home, finances, socioeconomic status, and whether these parents are mentally ready to have at minimum one child.
Ethics is also an important part of in vitro. Whether it should be left up to the doctor’s discretion, I’m unsure of. Since there isn’t a legal limit, yes it should be at his discretion. But then again, let’s look at “Octomom”. She already had several children at home and through in vitro, she ended up pregnant with 8 more children. I feel like that was completely unethical. She is a single mother, so why would the doctor attempt to implant as many zygotes as he did? I think by setting a legal limit, ethics would not be as much of a matter.
There are so many different views about in vitro fertilization. There are alternatives to this as well that I think would help with the controversy. One of the alternatives is in vitro maturation. This process is when the minimally stimulated eggs are removed then matured in a laboratory instead of the womb. The qualifications would be the same as in vitro. This alternative uses minimal hormone injections. It lowers the chance of the likelihood of a multiple birth. I think it is fair to monitor the amount of births that one person has.
All in all, in vitro fertilization is a controversial topic. I happen to be on the fence about it. I know that there should be a legal limit of three zygotes implanted at one time.