Reproductive Technology

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The Ethics of Artificial Reproductive Technologies

The very probability that we may be faced with a human person in the full sense constitutes, in my opinion, an absolute veto against any type of [in‑vitro] experimentation. ― Father Bernard Häring.1   Introduction Assisted reproductive technology is one of the most complex moral fields debated today.  It is [...]

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The Early History of Assisted Reproduction

Senator Brian Harradine:  "How often has in‑vitro fertilization been undertaken on non‑human higher primates?" Professor William Short:  "It has not been undertaken on gorillas because gorillas are an endangered species." Senator Brian Harradine:  "So you are able to do it on humans?" Professor William Short:  "We are not an endangered [...]

By |2020-06-04T16:44:44-04:00June 4th, 2020|Categories: Reproductive Technology|Tags: , |
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The Troubles with Transhumanism

Most transhumanists emphasize only the benefits that their movement would supposedly bring to the human race.  Perhaps they omit possible problems because, like all Culture of Death movements, they lack even the most fundamental understanding of human nature.  So their primary problem seems to be not dishonesty, but ignorance. #1. [...]

By |2020-05-27T13:32:00-04:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: Eugenics, Reproductive Technology|Tags: , , |
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Surrogate Motherhood

In essence, [surrogacy] is the ultimate manifestation of the neoliberal project of capitalist commodification of all life to create profit and fulfill the narcissistic desires of an entitled elite. ~Kathleen Sloan, director of the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women.1   What Is Surrogacy? Surrogate motherhood is the [...]

By |2020-04-30T18:55:07-04:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Reproductive Technology|Tags: , |
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In Vitro Fertilization: Unnatural Selection

The ethical issues with in vitro fertilization include the many human embryos killed in the IVF process, and the "pregnancy reductions" (read: abortions) that often follow. Ethical Issue #1: An Inefficient Procedure The probability of a single transplanted embryo surviving the entire in-vitro fertilization (IVF) process are unfavorable to say [...]

By |2020-07-06T16:35:39-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Reproductive Technology|Tags: , , |

Trusting God through Infertility

What are good and faithful Catholics supposed to do when they encounter the anguish or despair in life that comes from an inability to do something they desperately want and that seems so natural—like having children? How should we apply our ability to trust to a situation like this? Proverbs [...]

By |2020-05-27T19:56:16-04:00December 11th, 2019|Categories: Marriage & Family, Reproductive Technology|Tags: , , |
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church on IVF

Nowhere else on earth except on a skinny white plastic stick can two vertical lines create such immense joy. What’s represented by those two lines—the culmination of marital love and unity—is the fulfillment of long-held hopes and dreams. Indeed, they often evoke tears of happiness and maybe even a little [...]

By |2019-10-23T17:48:44-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Reproductive Technology|Tags: , , |
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Problems Modern Gynecology Creates, Then Ignores

  As tensions increase between the pro-choice and pro-life movements, it’s important to remember our objective. We must keep in mind not only that we are seeking life but also that we are following God’s law. There are four main issues in gynecology which directly contradicts God’s law. Abortion destroys [...]