... the wisdom to know the difference

Many of you may well have come across the Serenity Prayer — “Lord, grant me the courage to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  

It seems acceptance wasn’t to play a role in the thinking of 44 year old Marissa Evans.  Rather than accepting that due to her son’s early demise, it was no longer possible for her to become a grandmother as he had not sired any children prior to his life-support being turned off.

The foremost thought on Evans’ mind when her 21-year-old son lay in hospital on life support, was to harvest her son’s sperm!  She is divorced and has hand-picked an egg donor to create an embryo to be implanted in a surrogate, according to a report on www.bioedge.org

And what led her to think along those lines?  Apparently a week before her son was involved in a bar brawl causing a devastating brain injury and necessitating life support, mother and son had discussed what a “good dad” he would make and what a “great grandmother” Marissa would make at some point in the future.  One week later, as doctors suggested turning off his life-support, his mother was thinking about turning that conversation into reality.

Ms Evans appealed at the Guy Herman Probate Court in Travis County for the right to harvest her son’s sperm as she “wanted a grandchild.”  Neither the judge nor anyone else objected.  "I definitely know I'm doing the right thing," she said.  Seems that Evans is also lacking wisdom as to what is right and what is wrong.

Her ex-husband is totally against Ms Evans’ decision creating this sick situation — if all goes according to Evans’ plan, a baby with be born of an already-deceased father and a non-existent mother.  How will that child feel about this as the full circumstances not just of his/her creation, but of the harvesting of the sperm of his/her dying “father”?