Amid a flurry of media calls on the subject, I’ve realised I don’t feel angry or hurt or insulted that designers Dolce and Gabbana have described IVF children as “synthetic” or “chemical”. I actually just feel rather sorry for them that they are so ignorant and out of touch. Perhaps it says something about the fashion circles they move in and their understanding of and engagement with the world around them that they are so spectacularly badly informed.
IVF children are not synthetic or chemical, and it’s an utterly ridiculous premise. IVF babies are made of human sperm and human eggs in just the way that anyone else is. The miracle of fertilisation and of implantation and ongoing pregnancy is down to nature not IVF. All science does is create the circumstances in which these things can take place.
The logical conclusion of their argument about chemicals and synthetics would be that all medical intervention would be somehow wrong; people who have organ transplants should surely be left to die rather than have an intervention that nature didn’t intend – I should probably not have my very synthetic contact lenses which allow me to see every day…
And as for their views on gay parenting, they reek of a by-gone age that the rest of society has long moved on from.
Although I’d support Elton John on this one, I don’t think it is worth getting angry or upset about – it’s just rather pathetic that two allegedly “fashionable” people should reveal themselves to be so completely behind the times in their attitudes.