in vitro fertilization

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What are the chances of frozen embryos surviving the thaw?

While in-vitro fertilization (IVF) seems to be a viable solution to infertility for many, the consequences of IVF are often hidden. The clearest consequence is that many more embryos than are “needed” are actually formed. The “extra” embryos are frozen in what is known as cryopreservation.1 These embryos can be conserved [...]

By |2020-10-21T13:07:32-04:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Reproductive Technology|Tags: , |
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Overcoming Infertility–The Catholic Way

It is nearly impossible for those with children to comprehend the depth of the suffering of those who would love to have their own kids but cannot because of infertility. The Catholic View of Infertility Treatments The Bible mentions a number of women who were unable to conceive and were [...]

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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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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: , , |

Standing for Truth Against the Spirit of the Age

What happened to a Catholic parish in Ireland over the Christmas holidays is a distressing example of the growing intolerance towards, and vilification of, even the mildest expressions of religious doctrine that go against the spirit of the age. Unfortunately, it also appears to be another example of the growing [...]

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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HLI Colombia Helps Stop “Baby Factories”

by Gladys Buitrago de Amaya, President of HLI Colombia In 2018, the Colombian Congress presented a bill to authorize the establishment of medical facilities to collect human gametes (sperms and eggs) and to transfer them to women or their sexual partners. The facilities would also use reproductive technologies, such as [...]

By |2019-11-06T20:58:01-05:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , |