I don’t want to be an organ donor. Just saying. Call me self absorbed here, but that was the first thing that popped into my head, where are all these uteruses, (uteri?) going to come from?
I speak of this article here which suggests, “Doctors Could Be 5 Years Away From Uterine Transplants for Men.” We’ve been working on this since I was a kid, so it’s nothing new, we are just now entering the realm of having our science fiction become reality.
Uterine transplants for women are already well on the way, as this article which calls for volunteers for clinical trials suggests. Yahoo news in their article called, “Surgery Could Give Men Wombs of Their Own Within 5 Years” quotes Dr. Karine Chung who says, “My guess is five, 10 years away, maybe sooner,” and also Dr. Christine McGinn who states, “I’d bet just about every transgender person who is female will want to do it..”
But is it wise?? Have we considered the ethical implications? Anybody remember when we cloned a sheep, Dolly? What no one ever talked about was Dolly’s 300 previous sisters, experiments that didn’t quite work out. A sheep is one thing, human beings area whole other ball of wax.
In a larger context too, there is biology and culture at play. Like it or not, one reason why women have worth and value and are somewhat protected within most cultures, revolves around our ability to produce children. What happens to our place in the equation when men can have babies, or perhaps we even manage to create artificial wombs?
Anybody ever read Margaret Atwood’s the Handmaid’s Tale? Coincidentally, her latest, the first of her MaddAddam trilogy, is being made into an HBO series.
Also, not to put too fine of a point on it, but where are all these uteri going to come from?