Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Several readers have asked why I have it "in" for John Travolta. Actually I like him as an actor; I particularly enjoyed him in Primary Colors.
I have it "in" for anyone who risks another woman's life in order to have a baby. I put John Travolta and Kelly Preston in that category.
I'm not ageist. I don’t make the rules; Mother Nature does. And for good reason. The younger the mother, the better the odds that she will be around to raise the children to adulthood.
(This was brought home with the news yesterday that Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, is dying from breast cancer. The Edwards’ had two children via donated eggs when Elizabeth was 48 and 50 respectively. According to NYDailyNews.com, she is determined not to let John and his mistress, Rielle Hunter, whom she blames for breaking up her marriage, raise the children, now 12 and 10. She wants her 28 year old daughter, Cate, to have custody of the children when she passes away.)
Back to the Travolta’s, it’s reported that Kelly Preston is carrying twins. This makes it more likely that her conception did not occur in the usual way. I don't know whose eggs (or whose sperm for that matter) created these embryos but at 47, it's unlikely they were Preston's unless she had had her eggs frozen. This is according to a CNN doctor/commentator.
Readers have pointed out that women in their 40's do conceive. Early 40's, no question. My mother was 41 when she had my brother (yes, that brother -- the pot-smoking, war protesting hippie I've written about before.) And Rielle Hunter was 43 when she gave birth to John Edwards' daughter, likely not as a result of fertility treatments, at least none that Edwards knew about.
Speaking of John Edwards, it's worth noting that none of our readers objected to my statements about him or Elizabeth. Is it because of his affair de coeur that the he and Elizabeth have no defenders here? Or is John Travolta's publicist trolling blogs, pouncing on any suggestion that the in utero Travolta's are anything but natural, using our natural sympathy for John and Kelly over the loss of their son to deflect questions about the embyros' DNA?