Happy birthday Louise!

It’s Louise Brown’s 35th birthday today and a celebration of 35 years of IVF – we’ve come along way since 1978 when in vitro fertilisation was an extraordinary scientific development rather than an everyday medical procedure.  I wrote an article about his for The Guardian,  and was pleased at the positive reactions from those who know about infertility and IVF – but saddned by at the comments left by many who don’t.

I know I’m always telling people not to read the comments left after articles on IVF because they do seem to spur some lunatic faction of anti-fertility treatment extremists into action, but I’d thought a feature on the history of IVF was pretty innocuous.  I should have known better.  There was the usual debate about over-population making it seem as if the world’s five million IVF babies are somehow the root cause of the world’s growing population, the old chestnut about adoption and the hundreds of tiny babies waiting to be adopted by couples who have selfishly ignored them in their desire to have a baby of their own accompanied by some wild and quite spurious claims about the effects of IVF.  Please don’t bother reading them – I’ve read them on your behalf…

It does mystify me though why so many people who clearly don’t know the first thing about fertility or treatment feel the need to comment so angrily.  What is it about IVF that makes them so cross?  And why is it that I have yet to meet a person in the real world who feels this way about infertility and treatment? Answers on a postcard please!  Or maybe not…

 

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