Dolce & Gabbana recently found themselves in major heat for speaking out again artificial insemination. The company is known for its high fashion, outrageous prices and name that is showcased throughout the elite lists of the fashion industry. In a recent article by E! News, the company’s two top designers, who are also gay and were romantically involved once upon a time, have come out against children born through artificial insemination, or “synthetically” as they have dubbed.
Singer Elton John, who lives a happy and fulfilled life with a husband and two sons, Zachary Jackson Levon and Elijah Joseph Daniel, has officially boycotted the company.
“You are born to a mother and a father,” Dolce said. “Or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry synthetic children. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.”
Other celebrities such as “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy, who is a parent with his husband of two children; actress Sharon Stone, who has three adopted sons; Ricky Martin, who is the father of two twin boys; former Czech-American tennis star, Martina Navratilova, “Arrow” actor John Barrowman, Victoria Beckham, whose sons are Elton’s godchildren; “Modern Family” executive producer Danny Zuker and Madonna have taken Elton John’s side with the controversy as well. Slamming the founders of the company, Madonna captioned a picture on Facebook from 2010 of her holding a child for a photo shoot. “All babies contain a soul however they come to this earth and their families. There is nothing synthetic about a soul!” Madonna wrote.
Intrauterine insemination, in which sperm is transferred into a woman’s uterus, and in vitro insemination (IVF), in which doctors use eggs and sperm to create fertilized embryos in a lab, are common treatments used by both same-sex and heterosexual couples and are often the only options for opposite-sex pairs struggling with infertility to have children with at least one partner’s DNA.
“How can synthetic babies be considered to be fake since we’re all manmade anyway?”said Nicole Harrelson, a junior Hospitality major. “Just because they’re made differently than the normal routine for conceiving a child, doesn’t mean that they are fake or that it’s wrong.”
“I think everybody should have an equal chance to have a child of their own genes and such,” said Nick Contreras, a freshman Music Education major. “It wouldn’t be fair if a couple were denied the right to have a child of their own just because they couldn’t physically conceive it themselves without help.”