The featured image is a healthy looking baby boy who was delivered at the Lapaz community hospital to a 55-year-old woman whom after several years of trying to conceive finally had her miracle through IVF. In her case, her husband having low sperm count needed a sperm to make the pregnancy successful. The sperm of a donor and the egg of the woman was externally fertilized to form an embryo and was later inseminated into the womb of the woman to start the pregnancy process. After 38 weeks, she delivered. Beautiful, isn’t it? Apparently, not all of us share this joy.
Today, I heard on the news the most shocking assertion ever! Some Ghanaians are rooting for the criminalization of egg and sperm donation on moral grounds. This notion is supported by comments such as, ‘Eggs and sperms are the basis of life. Therefore, selling that part of you is against the will of God.’ Others also say, ’That is not the original plan of God and it has to be criminalized’, others made arguments that, ’Selling an egg or sperm means selling a human being and that can’t be a good thing’ People went as far as comparing egg and sperm donation to abortion or the destruction of a life. I cannot say these assertions are senseless because they are notions based on people’s personal beliefs, notions based on their knowledge and their time taken to dissect the issue at hand. They are all pleading that a law is passed to illegalize sperm and egg donation which I do not agree with. Our country being dominantly Christian, could easily blow this out of proportion. I take this stand for a long list of MORAL reasons as well. As a Christian, do I think God is against it? Of course not.
For the right motives or intentions, I believe sperm and egg donations are morally correct. I understand selfish fertile men and women who think this is so immoral it has to be criminalized but for a couple who have been fruitlessly trying to get pregnant for years, sperm or egg transplant could be that miracle they’ve been praying for. If an egg or sperm transplant is something that could actually save a marriage and bring a life that is so much wanted into this world, then this should be the most morally correct sacrifice anybody could offer another person.
Biblically, some Christians do not accept blood transfusion because it is written in the bible that blood has life which is true. But and so…what? We all know blood has life, that’s the more reason why we need to give it to someone who needs it to save his LIFE. Why will the idea that blood has life prevent me from giving that life? All these things are religiously twisted and makes no sense to me. If eggs and sperm has life; that should be the more reason why anybody should want to give it to a good couple that is desperately in need of a child if they want to.
I don’t think giving life should ever be considered sin or wrong. A lot of things may not be the ‘original plan of God’ but situations cause us to do them to make lives better which includes how clothes were not the original plan of God (Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden) but we all wear them now, blood transfusion, applying fertilizers, caesarian means of childbirth, the use of air conditioners, I can go on and on. But they are all imperative now. Some of these may have side effects as a lot of other things that are in the ‘original plan of God’ but the effects of not doing them usually outweigh their side effects. Therefore, it still makes no argument that it is sin or morally incorrect.
Is a sperm or an egg a human being? Why would anybody think that? An egg on its own cannot be a human being if it is not fertilized by a sperm. A male produces an average of 80 to 300 sperm per ejaculation. In a male’s lifetime, the testis produces 12 trillion sperms. So have you asked yourself where all those sperms go? Unless of course, the men standing for this argument have 12 trillion children on earth; if they do, then this argument would begin to make some sense. Let’s say we agree with them that their sperms are human beings. Let’s ask them this simple question, “Where are your 12 trillion kids or at least if you ejaculated only once in your lifetime, where are your 300 children?” Their answers to these questions will only go a long way to make this argument a huge waste of time…totally useless. Women also have approximately 1 million eggs and in every month, women menstruate based on their ovulation (release of eggs) cycle. Meaning that a huge amount of these ‘human beings’ are wasted considering what they are saying were true.
It simply makes no sense that giving life is now likened to abortion while wasting it is hailed. What I don’t understand sometimes is how some Christians sometimes find a way to pin their very own selfish motives on God. I think if people want to be selfish and close minded, they could be but pinning their personal thoughts and ideas on God is intolerable.
Eggs and sperm donation is the hope of many childless couples who desperately want to shower their child with all the love in the world. If irresponsible parents who leave their children to struggle are allowed to have children, how could it be wrong for parents who are so much in need of a child that they are willing to pay huge sums of money for this process to be done? If a donor can psychologically deal with the fact that a child he or she may be biologically related to is out there…I see no point of criminalizing it.
“The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something you know nothing about and refuse to investigate” -Dr. Wayne Dyer