This book is timely again as a rebroadcast of 60 Minutes was telecast yesterday. It now appears that a previous sperm donor, now a pediatrician, may have over 12 children due to his earlier decision to donate his sperm. Some of the women who received his sperm have a web site; the purpose of this web site is to locate other possible siblings from this same single donor.
Perhaps this is a 'good thing' since we have never truly defined the word 'family' since the 1970s. Family is now all kinds of folks living together or not, communicating for sure, but ultimately connected by love, loyality, and life.
As a 'traditional' family member since I was married in 1963, very young I may add, I was 17, my departed spouse was 34. Neither of us were ever married before or since. Our church and society at the time considered us 'the traditional family unit.'
Two grown children, five grandchildren later, we continue our original 'roles.' We have also included and embraced other folks we call 'family.' They are no true blood relationship to us, still we consider them family. I recently told three of these children from 'our family' they may call me " " my somewhat traditional grandmother name. Name withheld to maintain some annaminity (spelling was never my strong suit)
I post my response to the book, "Baby Business," not to judge nor define technologies abilities today. Rather I seek intellectual reflection. Each of us ultimately must decide what our personal definition of 'family' is. Then it is our responsibility to act upon that definition.
I would hope, and I am an 'idealistic realist' by nature, that love and respect would ultimately be our motivating factors.
I look forward to checking out this book from my local library.