There is a potentially interesting event happening UK time 8 – 10pm tonight, 2 – 4pm Eastern Standard Time in the States. Elizabeth Marquardt from the Institute of Family Values will be talking and answering questions about her new report One Parent or Five. As a result of my previous post on intentional parenting and the the long correspondence that followed, it appears that she is going to address my thoughts on her work as well as those of Eric Blyth and Susan Kane, whose critical article appears in this week’s Bio-News http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_112120.asp?dinfo=2uL952VlWahLy5RT8ZNOYW3g.
It was possible to submit questions until 9am EST today and I have sent her a set of my own assumptions about what both donors and parents intend in their different roles and stated exactly where I am coming from in making these. I have asked EM if she would make a matching set of statements. I hope she will answer in a similarly direct manner.
In her response to Eric Blyth’s criticism of her below, EM requests EB to engage with the content of her arguments rather than concentrating on her methodology. The problem I share with Professor Blyth is that it is difficult to engage with the content of something that has been put together or collected by means that you feel are not to peer-review standard. And I think EB and I would also agree that describing parents by donor conception as “intentionally denying their child their child’s own mother or father even before conception” is a statement that is as far from our own positions as it is possible to get. As far as I am concerned, donors do not intend to be parents and in fact intentionally donate in order to give others the opportunity to be parents. It is hard to engage when the discourse does not run on the same track or anywhere near it.
Do tune in tonight if you can http://familyscholars.org/author/emarq/ I will be at my book club discussing a thrilling novel set in Moscow called Snowdrops. I’m not sure who will have the best fun, but I will look forward to seeing how the event went on my return and if my questions were answered.
Nov 1/11. Family Scholars – EM’s response to Eric Blyth. His crit can be seen from link below.
I appreciate Professor Eric Blyth taking the time to dig into the One Parent
or Five report and writing a comment for BioNews.
As you’ll see if you click through and read it, he is critical of the
report. He thinks a systematic critique of the concept of intentional
parenthood should look different, cite different sources, and use a
different method. That’s fine; if he decides to write such a piece I very
much look forward to reading it.
He also believes he sees an anti-gay parenting tone in the report, whereas I
feel like my discrimination is pretty equal-opportunity. I question anybody,
gay or straight, coupled or not, intentionally denying their child their
child’s own mother or father even before conception.
His tone overall is certainly better, a tad more friendly and engaging,
than a critique he co-authored last year
<http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_65970.asp> on the My Daddy’s Name is Donor
report (which I responded to also at BioNews. So for that I am grateful.
I guess I am left with the question — Professor Blyth, aside from your
gripe about how I wrote the report, and that issue about perceived bias
about gay parenting, what do you think about the actual content? What I
said, the arguments I made, the possible implications of redefining
parenthood around the concept of “intent”? I’d be interested to hear.
Eric Blyth is a good guy who has done a lot of good on this issue. There’s a
continuum and I guess he and I are on different places, but I think our
larger concerns, especially with regard to donor conception, are more
similar than different.