Katrina Clark, then an undergraduate at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., was one of the first of her generation of donor children to speak out about anonymous conception. Her editorial brought on a flurry of commentary. Excerpts follow …
I was angry at the idea that where donor conception is concerned, everyone focuses on the “parents” — the adults who can make choices about their own lives. The recipient gets sympathy for wanting to have a child. The donor gets a guarantee of anonymity and absolution from any responsibility for the offspring of his “donation.” As long as these adults are happy, then donor conception is a success, right?
Not so. The children born of these transactions are people, too. Those of us in the first documented generation of donor babies — conceived in the late 1980s and early ’90s, when sperm banks became more common and donor insemination began to flourish — are coming of age, and we have something to say.
I’m here to tell you that emotionally, many of us are not keeping up. We didn’t ask to be born into this situation, with its limitations and confusion. It’s hypocritical of parents and medical professionals to assume that biological roots won’t matter to the “products” of the cryobanks’ service, when the longing for a biological relationship is what brings customers to the banks in the first place.
Emilia Clare plays the sweet and slightly ditzy Louisa Clark, who gets a job taking care of the recently paralyzed and now depressed Will Traynor (Sam Claflin).
It sounds like she’s the classic manic pixie dream girl who brings the guy out of his shell and gives him a reason to live, but there’s more to the story than that. The film is based on the novel by British author Jojo Moyes, who also wrote the screenplay. The all-star cast includes “Doctor Who” alum Jenna Coleman as Katrina Clark, “Game of Thrones” alum Charles Dance as Steven Traynor, Janet McTeer as Camilla Trainor, and Matthew Lewis as Patrick. Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates on “Downton Abbey”) co-stars as well, as you can see in the trailer:
“Me Before You” is scheduled for release on June 3. Are you ready to volunteer as ticket-buying tribute?