A recent Reuters report was titled: “Israel’s soaring population: Promised Land running out of room?”
As a mother of two daughters born through the technological miracle of IVF, I want to address one particularly pernicious idea in this article. After quoting Israeli “experts” who bemoan their country’s alleged overpopulation, the writers add this: ‘Israeli government policy encourages population growth with benefits such as child allowances, free schooling from the age of three and funding for up to four in vitro fertility treatments a year.’
This implies that IVF is a major driver of population growth. To someone who went through many failed treatments - at great expense - the idea is laughable. Yes, eventually I did achieve two successful pregnancies, thank God. IVF is physically and emotionally very stressful. Furthermore, it is complicated, painful, and success is not guaranteed.
Who would go to such lengths? Only women who desperately want to be mothers. Is it a bad thing that the Israeli government helps such women?!