Surrogate Motherhood

By Brian Clowes, PhD / November 19, 2021 /
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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 oldest form of assisted reproduction.…

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The Ethics of Artificial Reproductive Technologies

By Brian Clowes, PhD / July 7, 2020 /
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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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Anderson Cooper, Abandoned Ukraine Babies, and the Problem with Surrogacy

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / May 24, 2020 /

Earlier this month, CNN journalist Anderson Cooper made a surprise on-air announcement: “On Monday, I became a father,” announced a visibly moved Cooper. Every new life is a miracle and a gift. Wyatt Morgan Cooper (the newborn baby) is a miracle and a gift. His life is a thing to be celebrated. But celebrating Wyatt’s…

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HLI Colombia Helps Stop “Baby Factories”

By Gladys Buitrago de Amaya / June 13, 2019 /
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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 in vitro fertilization (IVF). It…

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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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The 7 “Pros” and Cons of Surrogacy

By HLI Staff / February 4, 2019 /

Surrogacy: Some Background Info This article is meant to be an overview of the types of surrogacy that are being discussed openly in the public square, so Catholics may be informed of the types of surrogacy and ethical issues surrounding them. It must be stated right from the outset that there are no true “pros”…

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