Sarah Silverman Would Rather Adopt Than Pass On Her 'Bad Genes'

sarah silvermanSarah Silverman is one of the most crass comics out there. You expect vagina jokes and a lot of swearing every time she opens her mouth.

What you don't expect is a selfless, mature take on motherhood. The star wants a family, but she has decided to adopt because she fears passing on her depression to a child.

During a sit down with Amanda DeCadenet on The Conversation, she said:

“I’d love to adopt someday and I have a lot of adoption in my family… I know that I have this depression and that it’s in my family. Every family has their stuff but, for me, I just don’t feel strong enough to see that in a child.”

Honestly, Silverman's adoption plans may already make her a better mom than many out there.


A lot of people have kids without giving a thought to the medical conditions they may pass on to their children. I am not talking about those unforeseen afflictions, but diagnosed depression is a special circumstance. Studies have shown it can be passed down genetically.

Silverman has been very open, detailing her struggles with clinical depression in her autobiography The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. Still, to give up your chance to give birth to a child in order to save it from that kind of existence seems like a pretty selfless act to me. There are a lot of people who opt to take the gamble knowing full well what their child might be in for. 

Prospective parents who fall into the risk group for Sickle Cell and Tay Sachs traits are commonly tested to find if either or both carry it. If both do, there can be a 25 to 50 percent chance their child will be sick with the deadly, painful disease. It must be frightening to take that risk. And that, of course, is their right. But I have to ask, is it right? I can truly understand both sides. There is nothing quite like giving birth to a child. Then again, there is nothing quite like the horror of seeing it in pain either. 

Would fear of passing on a disease keep you from having kids?

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