Analytical Response To Male Pregnancy Essay

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Analytical Response to Male Pregnancy

Male Pregnancy by Dick Teresi and Kathleen McAuliffe support that the technology and the demand for male pregnancy will be possible in the future. They specifically state that, "Someday a man will have a baby". They have written this article in an attempt to show why they believe this will one day become accepted and widely practiced. However, I disagree with Teresi and McAuliffe. I feel male pregnancy will never be freely practiced or accepted by any means.

Teresi and McAuliffe start out their article by explaining what their general idea is for male pregnancy to occur. They state, "What we're talking about is implanting an embryo into a man's abdominal cavity, where the fetus would take nourishment, grow to term, and be delivered by an operation similar to a cesarean section. Already, this idea seems illogical to me. As a result of a man being pregnant, there must be a cesarean section to remove the baby. Even for women, this is a risk doctors prefer to avoid if possible. It puts the mother at a much greater risk of injury or death as well as the baby. Going to great lengths to make a man attempt to do something that has a high risk seems foolish when the same results can be achieved naturally with a much lower risk.

Slightly further into the article Teresi and McAuliffe discuss how a researcher, Dr. Cecil Jacobsen, injected a fertilized egg of a female baboon into the abdominal cavity of a male baboon. He then states that "with very moderate chemical support, the male baboon was able to carry the pregnancy toward term". Again this goes back to the fact that women can go through the process of child birth natural in most cases. However, for a male to carry a baby, moderate chemical support is needed. Nothing is known about the effects these chemicals could have on the male mother. They could potentially cause serious disorders or diseases in the long run. Also what would happen if too many chemicals where given, or too few? The baby may not develop fully or develop with disorders.

Another problem I found with the example of using the baboon was that "the experiment did not result in the birth of a fully developed baboon baby". "The fetus in the male baboon had reached a point at which it had survived embryonic development", but did not develop for the normal gestation period of seven months, the baby baboon only underwent four. This means that yes, the fetus was able to survive past the embryonic development stage, but there is no guarantee that it would have been able to fully develop the rest of the way. Anything could simply fail to function properly after a certain amount of time. For example, if you put a new piece of equipment into your computer, it may run fine for the first 3 months and then just crash because it did not belong and could no longer handle its environment. This would be like a man carrying a baby for 6 months and then no...

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