(This web letter is in response to Jennifer Lingeman's web letter).
Jennifer, thank you for your very thoughtful letter in response to my piece. I agree that we should listen to the voices of donor-conceived children, being open to their experiences and ready to hear any negative feelings, doubts or anxieties they have about the circumstances of their conception.
I did notice that the IAV study found that donor-conceived children of two-parent families, gay and straight, had better outcomes than children of single parents. I considered including this in my post, but decided that because I was impugning the legitimacy of the entire study—which I stand behind—it wasn't worth it to examine this piece of the study and treat it as a usable piece of evidence. In fact, it would have been counterproductive, because it would have suggested that the study's own findings—which I claim are not credible—are enough to demonstrate lack of animus towards same-sex families.
The study itself may not reserve its most damaging arguments for same-sex families, but the organization that backed the study does, and I thought that was worth noting. The IAV's larger agenda is to question the validity and possibility for success of any non-traditional family. Yes, there should be a study of the psychological well-being of donor-conceived adults. However, I don't think there is any way to compare the Pediatrics study and the IAV study, or to extract any useful data from the IAV study.
New York, NY
Jun 23 2010 - 11:57am