When are we going to stop playing with Mother Nature, experimenting and expecting the taxpayer to foot the bill?
I am talking about in vitro fertilization.
If you have been watching the news you will see some of our doctors are now suggesting that the taxpayer should be picking up the tab while they experiment.
Now this is not to say that if you want a family, and your preference is not to adopt, and there is a way go for it but don’t ask the taxpayer to foot the bill.
Adoption is a great option and my family is proof of that but it may not be for everyone.
There are hundreds of little babies out there who could use a good home.
There are many reasons for couples not being able to conceive and alternatives should be found.
Some people are even suggesting that, for those who want to wait until later in life, possibly after menopause, then we should pay for storing the eggs so they can be implanted later on.
Sorry, I am sure there is a reason for the biological clock to tick and that reason appears to be too much risk of complications for both the mother and child. Why play around with that clock and ask for trouble?
If it is that important for you to have your nest egg prior to having a family then that nest egg should also have to pay for the freezer to store your eggs.
We have a health-care system that can no longer be supported by the population, mainly because we are playing around with genetics and trying to reproduce life or prolong life for no good reason.
We are replacing parts, at great expense, to lengthen a life for an even greater expense.
Think about it — maybe if we just let Mother Nature take its course and we live and die, as was the plan, maybe there would be no need for hurricanes, droughts, and other natural disasters to control the population so we can continue to sustain ourselves on this Earth.
Walt Cobb is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. He is a former Liberal MLA, former Williams Lake mayor, and current president of the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce.