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No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction
by Ellen Painter Dollar (Goodreads Author)
In No Easy Choice, Ellen Painter Dollar tells her gut-wrenching story of living with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI)--a disabling genetic bone disorder that was passed down to her first child--and deciding whether to conceive a second child who would not have OI using assisted reproduction. Her story brings to light the ethical dilemmas surrounding advanced reproductive techn ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Westminster John Knox Press
(first published November 7th 2011)
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The first book I've ever read with both my heart and a highlighter. Both memoir and essay on the ethical questions surrounding advanced reproductive technologies. A story so thoughtful, so well researched, and at the same time so personal, so heartfelt, so courageous as Ellen shares her own experience living with OI (a disabling genetic bone disorder), raising a daughter with OI, with the calling--the knowing within--she had to have more children.
I'm so glad this book exists. Ellen does a great job of asking the questions that need to be asked with regard to reproductive technology. Her questions are fair, balanced, and careful. She draws our attention to the fact that when and how we have children is not a morally neutral decision, yet she doesn't preach about the right answers or judge those who have made use of ethically complicated repro tech. Her questions, and at times criticisms, are given with grace and humility. The sincere empa ...more
This book takes a complex, and often heartbreaking, question and makes it personal. The author doesn't come down heavily on one side or the other about whether it's right for Christians to use reproductive technology -- she just showed me the questions to be asking. Her own story is told bit by bit in every chapter as she takes up questions like, "Why don't you just adopt?" and "What happens to unused embryos?" This is a serious book, but not an intimidating one. I found it very accessible. High ...more
Excellent book. This was a very clear and well written book. The author looks at assisted reproduction in a non-biased, non-judgmental way. Ellen’s story is intertwined into the book. While she is asking serious questions and trying to see what is right for her she gives the reader a peek into her and her family’s lives.
She has the ability to ask the hard questions without preaching right or wrong. There is no black and white on the subject just a lot of grey and Ellen conveys that very well. H ...more
Ellen Painter Dollar writes about faith, family, disability, and ethics, and is the author of No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction (Westminster John Knox 2012). She blogs for Patheos (a web portal about religion and spirituality), and has written for the Huffington Post, Christianity Today, the American Medical Association, the Osteogenesi ...moreMore about Ellen Painter Dollar...