Brain Freeze

Filed under:Mothering,Priorities — posted by Anwyn on July 6, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

While this woman’s all about freezing things, maybe she should freeze her brain for scientists upon her death.

“I told myself if she had needed another organ like a kidney I would volunteer without any hesitation and it is the same kind of thought process for this.”

“This” being freezing her eggs so that her daughter, who will become infertile due to a health condition, can use them if she and her future partner wish.

If she freezes her brain, maybe science can figure out what kind of thought process equates donating a life-saving organ with donating an ethical problem that may or may not enable her daughter to have the dubious life experience of giving birth to her own half-sister.

And on that subject, I’m sure half-siblings everywhere will be relieved to note that some ethicists hold them to no binding family obligations, since half-blood isn’t really sisters:

“Although this means the resulting offspring will be similar in genetics, an unrelated sperm will be used – and this means that the offspring will not be a true sister.”

I stipulate that I have a healthy son of my own and never expect to wrestle with infertility should I want another child. That said, I have no sympathy for anybody so desperate for the experience of giving birth that they will prioritize it over the huge stinker of impregnating oneself with one’s own half-sister or -brother–or the mother who would make that choice available to her daughter.

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace