In Vitro Fertilization

Modern Day Eugenics: Who Lives and Who Dies?

In the early 20th century, eugenics was widely supported among the educated classes all across the West. Eugenicists fancied themselves benefactors of the human race, putting to use the most cutting-edge science to eradicate human suffering, and to “improve” the human race. By giving nature a helping hand, carefully encouraging [...]

By |2020-12-01T18:50:05-05:00November 30th, 2020|Categories: Spirit & Life Newsletter|Tags: , , |
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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 |2020-12-15T21:07:51-05:00October 21st, 2020|Tags: |
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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|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|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 [...]

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