Opinion | Sexuality

Three Stories About Reproductive Technology

A heartbroken mother, an infertile couple, and a novelist's characters reveal the emotional tales behind technological reproduction.

What do the stories of a grieving mother, a couple traveling to India, and a fictional character have in common? All three stories involve people using reproductive technology to have a baby.
In aLadies Home Journal article,Jackie Hance describes the incomprehensible loss of all three of her young daughters one summer afternoon. On July 26, 2009, Hance's sister-in-law, Diane Schuler, was driving the girls and her own kids home from a camping trip when she drove the wrong way on New York's Taconic State Parkway. In a head-on collision, the three Hance girls, along with Schuler, Schuler's two-year-old daughter, and three passengers in the other car died. An autopsy indicated that Schuler had been drinking and smoking marijuana, although Schuler's husband insists that there must be another explanation.

Hance describes how she has survived such a loss, supported by friends who cooked meals for an entire year and continued to come get her for their morning runs. She also accepted a fertility ...

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