By now most of us have read or heard about the comments made by the founders of Dolce and Gabbana in an interview with the Italian magazine, Panorama. In essence, they refer to the children brought into the world through IVF (in vitro fertilization) as “synthetic.” They go on to say that, “Life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
Yes, life does have a natural flow, which can be inherently cruel; for example, before the advent of modern medicine, far more women died in childbirth, and still do in countries where certain technologies are not readily available. So based on the sentiments of the iconic Italian clothiers, should we simply do nothing and allow these women and possibly their children to pass because it is not the “natural flow” of things?
Technology, and what it enables and sometimes destroy, is, whether we like it or not, a part of life. It is used routinely and thankfully to save lives every day. And now, through advances in reproductive medicine, it is used to help create lives. And there is nothing “unnatural” about that.
Meet some amazing parents helped by IVF on our Family Stories page.