Many infertile couples who choose in-vitro fertilization are not fully aware of the ethical and moral problems caused by the procedure. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) means fertilization “in glass” and refers to the fertilization of a human egg in a laboratory setting. The moment of fertilization marks the beginning of a new human life. Eggs are extracted surgically from a woman’s ovaries and the sperm comes from a male donor.
Sadly, the generation of a new human life becomes a laboratory process wherein the embryo is not accorded the respect and protection deserved from the moment of conception. Some embryos are killed in the process of finding the “suitable” one to be implanted in the woman’s uterus and allowed to grow to maturity. Other embryos are frozen and die after thawing. Either way, IVF is not the moral choice.
Natural Procreative Technology (NaproTECHNOLOGY) allows the couple to conceive a child in an act of intercourse.
Our office has the following pamphlets that would provide an alternative to in-vitro fertilization that would give life, rather than death:
“A Look at In-Vitro Fertilization” published by Action Life (www.actionlife.org)
“Twelve Reasons to use Creighton Method” published by Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Centre (www.fertilitycare.ca)
“A Natural Method of Achieving or Avoiding Pregnancy” published by WOOMBCANADA (World Organization of the Ovulation Method/Billings) at www.woomb.ca
Part One: Making Babies ( from the series,” On the Eighth Day: Perfecting Mother Nature”)
Part Two: Making Perfect Babies (from the series, “On the Eighth Day: Perfecting Mother Nature”)
Biotechnology and the assault on parenthood by Donald DeMarco
Donald DeMarco looks beneath the surface of reproductive technology and exposes its deceptions, failures, inconsistencies and dangers that threaten the very meaning of motherhood and fatherhood, as well as the stability of marriage and the family. At the same time, he takes a positive look at marriage and the family, spiritual parenthood, and the nature and potentialities of the person.
Questions of right and wrong: The proceedings of the 1993 Clinical Bioethics Conference edited by Dr. Edwin C. Hui
The book contains the proceedings of the first national Christian Medical Ethics Conference held at Regent College on June 24-26, 1993.
The Billings Method: Every Woman’s Guide to her reproductive system written by Dr. Evelyn Billings and Ann Westmore
An effective program for pinpointing fertility to become pregnant. Can be used by any woman, any age, whether she has regular or irregular periods, is breastfeeding, or approaching menopause.
Natural Sex written by Mary Shivanandan
Natural sex is an alternative using periodic abstinence, simple mucus tests and body temperature readings to determine without guesswork any woman’s natural fertility cycle.
The Question of InVitro Fertilization: Studies in medicine, law, and ethics written by Professor Jerome Lejeune, M.D., Ph.D.