I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine, Kate. She is an IVF mom and you may have read about her in my Personhood Update. I mentioned in my update that Kate has a very powerful IVF story to tell. She has graciously allowed me to share her story here. Her story is an important one because she and her husband didn’t use IVF because of infertility. They used IVF in order to have a healthy baby that would live past infancy. They lost their first son at just four months old. He was born with a genetic chromosomal defect and because it was genetic there was no way of knowing if any future children would suffer the same way their first son did.
A word of warning: you will need a box of kleenex. Also be prepared to spontaneously burst into tears randomly for the next 7 to 10 days. I’m serious.
Thankfully Kate and her husband have a happy ending. Because of IVF they were able to identify the embryos that did not have the chromosomal abnormality and now they have two happy and healthy children.
Why am I sharing this? Kate’s story needs to be part of the IVF dialog. I am amazed that IVF has become a political battleground. I’ve learned this first hand and it’s not just in Oklahoma. Three years ago if you would have told me that I would be playing a role in the political process to help keep IVF safe for families like mine and Kate’s I would have rolled my eyes. IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies have been around for a long time. They are life-giving and pro-family. Why in the world would someone want to mess with that?
Well, here I am. I had a baby through IVF. I know lots of parents who did. I bet you know someone or knows someone who knows someone who had their baby through IVF. Who could look into those parents eyes, listen to their heart breaking plea for a baby and say “no”?