I was disucssing with a group of people about future advances in reproductive technology, such as fertilizing an egg with a fmeale cell, or the possibility of artificial wombs. many of us admitted that the thought of a society where children are “decanted” rather than born gave us the jibblies. A gay man spoke up and said, in essence, that it was easy for us to contemplate banning these (hypothetical) technologies, since we could all have kids. Even lesbians could get a sperm donor. He and his partner, however, were SOL if they wanted children of their own (discounting adoption).
Something about his attitude bothered me. He seemed to regard the right to reproduce as an absolute. Not only was the government not able to interfere in events, he also was entitled to be granted the ability to have children, despite his natural inability.
I think this may be where I get off the gay rights train. I support the rights of gay couples to raise adopted children, children from a previous relationship, even children born from surrogate mothers or sperm donors. However, I’m not sure it’s right to go so far from nature that we abandon vivaparity entirely so gay men can have the same “rights” as women.
So, the question is, do people have a right to reproduce, even if they are men, or otherwise can’t naturally do so? I don’t think that gay men have a paticular right to reproduce, and that they aren’t necessarily entitled to be given access to technology that breaks women’s monopoly on birth. Perhaps the one thing all humans share in common is that we all spend some time inside a woman, and I’m very wary of doing away with that.
People seem to think that they have the right to reproduce, and that even if they aren’t naturally able to, withholding technologies that would allow them is an infringent of those rights. I disagree. I think there should be limits on how this technology is used. The eldery for example, should not have children, even if they could do so safely.
On the other hand, I relaize all this sounds like “those gays aren’t natural”, “they’re tampering in God’s domain”, and other such small-mindedness, so I’m interested in other people’s takes on this.