The Ethics of Artificial Reproductive Technologies

By Brian Clowes, PhD / July 7, 2020 /
test tubes lab

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 actually an aggregation of several…

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The Early History of Assisted Reproduction

By Brian Clowes, PhD / June 4, 2020 /
science lab equipment; history of assisted reproductive technology

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 species.”1   The history of…

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The Troubles with Transhumanism

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 27, 2020 /
genetic engineering editing dna

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. Devastating War? Ever since…

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Trusting God through Infertility

By Susan Ciancio / December 11, 2019 /

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 3:5 tells us: “Trust in…

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church on IVF

By Susan Ciancio / May 22, 2019 /
IVF, in vitro fertilization

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 victory dance. These two lines…

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5 Facts about Altruistic Surrogacy

By HLI Staff / February 4, 2019 /

Surrogacy is the process of conceiving a child by in vitro fertilization (IVF) or artificial insemination, then implanting the embryo in the womb of a woman (called the surrogate) who is not the intended mother of the child. Once the child is born, the surrogate gives the child to the intended parents. Altruistic surrogacy is a…

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