Now in the case of Alton's and Williams' social engineering rationality where the desire for IVF consanginous birth is to be re-directed to second and third and perhaps fourth options of adoption (open only to certain classes of persons and couples in her view) and fostering (where a pecuniary motive enters in, except for the very rich perhaps) and, of course, working in an orphanage (which they don't have the courage to mention). In comparison to such socially-engineered re-direction of parenthood for a woud-be mother who has difficulty in actually getting pregnant, let's consider nature. As Carl Sagan pointed out, nature is supremely profligate in many species in generating eggs in super-abundance above what nature (God's creation) permits to be born or grow past infancy. The ratios of eggs to births to self-sustaining young is astounding, and it implies that loss and waste are natural. So, natural-law theorists have a problem moving from technological solutions (rationality) to biotic-psychic natural patterns (irrationality, nonrationality, prerationality modally speaking — Herman Dooyeweerd). This points to an underlying antinomy in thinkers like Alton and Williams — stout advocates of social engineering to get a woman's desire for a consangine child off-track and re-directed toward adoption and fostering (both very worthwhile and praiseworthy endeavours, but neither without their own inherent problems, along with those of consanguinity).
I hate to think of the nightmare called to mind by the spectre of a bureaucracy of crats devoted entirely to persuading or conditioning potential mothers with consanguine desires being re-channeled to socially-perferred adoption and fostering. It too much calls to mind the parallel of a bureaucracy devoted to talking mothers into abortions in such agencies as Planned Parenthood. The coercive tilt of all such bureaucracies around life and death (the medical professions, for instance) overlooks the stark fact that the employees of such institutions all have a vested interest in keeping their industrial numbers up. (I leave aside here the whole problem with single mothers raising fatherless child/ren. Sometimes, it's better to kick the natural father or a step-father out of the house and one's life, than to permit the perpetrator to continue abuse. But only select women can afford to do so. And then there's their loneliness. Yet, fatherlessness, motherlessness both remain shadow phenomena for which an as-yet not-totally engineered society must seek ameliorative methods of halfway solutions, manned and womanned by social workers, another bureaucracy devoted again to keeping their own numbers up and keeping up the numbers of their caseloads.)
— Albert Gedraitis
Please see the critical note that I have interspersed into the text of the news article I found on the UK online publication Christian Concern, associated closely with the work of lawyer-activist Andrea Williams. On another but related note, here is the opening blurb on the website IVF Canada.
IVF Canada is a free-standing surgical facility which integrates the most advanced techniques available for the treatment of infertility in both men and women. We are leaders in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Our clinic offices are located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
IVF Canada (Jan4,2k13)
— Albert Gedraitis
Christian Concern (Jan4,2k13)
IVF treatment in UK results in
loss of nearly 3 million embryos