About 3 years ago I posted a blog about IVF and Sperm donors: Specifically my blog included the story of a Christian Sperm Donor. Click here to read that blog.
To suggest it was slightly controversial would be an understatement. I reposted it a couple of days ago and the controversy continued to rage on Social Media.
Then I was contacted by an IVF baby…Now 34. I will call her Olivia for the sake of her anonymity. Ok Just wow!!!!
We have talked.
I actually have also put her in touch with the sperm donor mentioned in the original blog post. I have heard that they have talked and they are planning to meet soon. (no biological connection).
I have to say that I am deeply impacted by a quote in Olivia’s story: ‘And I’m thankful I Get To Live life’. I would love to show that quote to everyone who raged against IVF on my Facebook Page. Suddenly a Social Media argument took on a life form called Olivia….who clearly read everyone’s comment….I wonder if that changes how people respond when they know an IVF baby, now an adult is reading all their comments. I was impacted knowing this and I am pro IVF.
Here is Olivia’s story:-
My name is Olivia and I am an IVF baby…I am now 34 and was conceived in the first year of IVF in WA 34 years ago.
I have coped just fine in life. I have a twin sister and loving parents, who really wanted children, otherwise they wouldn’t have gone through the arduous and expensive IVF process.
Under WA law, you can’t track the biological Father & I don’t know anything other than at that time, donors were often first year med students. (Editors Note….the laws have now changed and IVF children can contact their biological fathers post when they turn 18).
My twin sister & I acknowledge the genetic component of this addition in IQ to the family.
We weren’t told until two weeks before we turned 18 and we were told separately.
It was weird.
I looked at my Dad for 2 weeks & thought “he wasn’t my Dad” & then got over it- to me, family is more than blood & years later, I now I also have a spiritual family, which can be just as strong.
My twin sister didn’t fair so well- she wanted to locate her biological Dad & couldn’t.
I don’t think they have medical records- information and details from back then. It is a bit strange when there are serious medical issues and your genetics are unknown, but as a Spirit filled believer, I broke off spiritual & physical generational curses, from biological & known family years ago.
My concern with the process, is destruction of embryos which are not implanted after conception has occurred.
IVF doesn’t define me, it’s just part of who I am, that I remember every so often. My identity is in Christ.
It would be a bit hypocritical of me, if I wasn’t in favour of IVF. I’m thankful I get to live life, I have the opportunity to minister to others and walk as Jesus would have me.
Kind of a unique perspective really.
What an insightful perspective. Particularly in light of some of the negative comments that have been made on Social Media. Sure we can all rage about IVF embryos etc etc….but then a 34 year old woman who is a passionate Christian who loves loves life and loves Jesus walks into the room…..suddenly our soap boxes melt away. I personally am loving meeting an IVF baby many years on, on social media.
Maybe God wants more melting soap boxes…..spoken from someone who uses social media soap boxes often.
Anyway that’s what I think.
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