A new story has surfaced on the Internet that has stirred up mixed feelings. Published on The Washington Post, a family of four recently added to their lineage through an embryo adoption organization named National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC). But the reasons why they decided to do so warranted an array of opinions from readers.
The self-described white evangelical couple went into detail as to why they decided to give birth to three African-American girls through embryo adoption, stating that they wanted to give their African-American son, 3, and biracial daughter, 2, siblings that resemble their racial characteristics.
“We wanted additional siblings to feel connected to our first two children racially, and asked the team at the NEDC if we could be matched with African-American embryos,” father Aaron Halbert said to the site. “They agreed with our thoughts about our kids matching each other racially and were supportive of the decision to select African American embryos.”
The couple stated that through the process of adoption, they can continue to practice their pro-life stance and believe that adoption is “something near to the heart of God… When we adopt, we are echoing his own compassionate work, giving the world a glimpse of the truth and beauty of the gospel.”
The Halberts planned to begin a racially-diverse family when they learned about the process, but living in the deep South they knew the attention — good and bad — that they’d receive. “There will always be the older white woman in Walmart who stared at us with sheer disgust, or the African-American mother who looked at us and just shook her head,” he said. “However, there was also the young black girl who wept when we told her this little boy with her skin color was our son, and the older white doctor who lovingly prayed over him and held him so tenderly. These latter experiences were rays of hope reminding us how far our country had come, while the former experiences reminded us how far we still need to go.”
Halbert also spoke on promoting the “beauty of a multi-ethnic family” in his various circles.
“There is something beautiful and enriching being the only white face sitting and chatting with some of my African-American friends as my son gets his hair cut on a Saturday morning,” he said. “There is also something wonderful in the relationship that is built as my wife asks a black friend on Facebook how to care for our little biracial daughter’s hair. The beauty of a multi-ethnic family is found there, in the fact that the differences are the very thing that make ours richer and fuller. It forces you to think in a new way about the way you think, speak, act and live.”
Readers later also responded to The Washington Post‘s Twitter handle with varied views.
@washingtonpost Um… what? WTF is with everyone’s obsession with skin color -.-
— TheLaughingMan (@TLMhypocracy) April 22, 2016
@washingtonpost White Guilt will make you do some crazy shit smh
— Larry Hebert (@larrysr19701) April 22, 2016
— daphne matadial (@dmat_38982) April 22, 2016
@washingtonpost get these folks the medal they believe they so richly deserve!
— kjhop (@kjhop) April 22, 2016
@washingtonpost great, positive story about why race doesn’t matter, life & love do.
— Tracy Hartley (@tracyhartley) April 22, 2016
@washingtonpost misguided fools. Im all for adopting unwanted babies of all colors but this is just ridiculous & unnecessary!
— Em (@EmmaWashe) April 22, 2016
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