Category: Reproductive Technology

America’s Most Charming Couple is Back
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America’s Most Charming Couple is Back

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Yup, it’s them again. America’s most charming couple is back in the news. You remember, don’t you? We were introduced back in May when Albert Garland (a pseudonym), published a piece on Babble with the charming sub-headline: “My wife’s expecting twins — and I’m not happy about it.” Things only went downhill from there. Well, […]

New IVF Embryo Quality Control
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New IVF Embryo Quality Control

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In manufacturing, quality control (QC) is very important. A manufacturer always wants to put out the best product and eliminate defective merchandise. The same is true of IVF. With as many as 30 embryos created for every live birth, doctors are always on the look out for ways to separate the robust embryos from the […]

Is Sex-Selective IVF Harmless?
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Is Sex-Selective IVF Harmless?

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Aussie boy: “Hey Ma, where are we going on vacation this year?” Aussie mom: “We are doing something very special. We are going to circumvent the laws of our country and we are going to travel all the way to Thailand, stay in a fancy hotel for a week, and buy you a little sister!” […]

Tragedy in a Test Tube
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Tragedy in a Test Tube

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Frozen eggs, babies created by science, money dictating whether or not a couple can have a baby. All things that go against the natural law. Whatever happened to babies created out of love and in the context of marriage?

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

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The Huffington Post must have known the publication of “My Wife Is Expecting Twins and I Am Not Happy About It” would cause waves. Tsunami-level waves, where people were aghast to read paragraphs like this one: Two blessings, two bundles of joy. How could you not be happy, you ask? Of course I’m sympathetic to […]

Woman With Uterus Transplant Confirmed Pregnant
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Woman With Uterus Transplant Confirmed Pregnant

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Doctors have announced that the woman that received a womb transplant is now pregnant. From RedOrbit: The Turkish woman who, two years ago, became the first person in the world to have a successful womb transplant from a deceased donor is pregnant, various media outlets are reporting. Twenty-two-year-old Derya Sert, who was born without a […]

Brutality in a Brave New World
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Brutality in a Brave New World

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In his seminal work, Nichomachean Ethics, the philosopher Aristotle begins his meditation on the subject of morality and the ultimate end of human life with an observation that certain first principles of ethics are self-evident to a person who has been raised up in a virtuous manner. A good man simply “knows” certain things to […]

Eugenics Threat Growing in IVF Industry
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Eugenics Threat Growing in IVF Industry

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An English Peer and fertility expert has warned of the growing danger of eugenics in the flourishing artificial procreation industry. Lord Robert Winston, himself a pioneer in the use and “genetic screening” of embryos, has long been a voice of caution, warning successive governments that current legal restrictions are insufficient to regulate, or even keep […]

Harvesting Eggs from Aborted Babies for IVF? Ten Years Later the Story Still Horrifies
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Harvesting Eggs from Aborted Babies for IVF? Ten Years Later the Story Still Horrifies

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A proposal by fertility researchers to “harvest” female gametes, “ova,” from the dead bodies of aborted children to create in vitro embryos in the lab has created a small buzz among the pro-life websites, blogs and Facebook in the last couple of days. But the buzz is over a story that appeared in the Daily […]

From Choosing to Creating the "Better" Human
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From Choosing to Creating the “Better” Human

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Britain’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which oversees fertility treatments and embryo research in that nation, recently recommended that the creation of children with three genetic parents be allowed to move forward. Currently, it is illegal to transfer genetically modified embryos to a woman in Britain. The HFEA blessing will likely be used by lawmakers […]

What is in an Egg Besides Trouble?
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What is in an Egg Besides Trouble?

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This is not an article about the reasons why chicken eggs may or may not be good for your health. This is an article about eggs that hold much more importance, for they are the eggs produced by females during their fertile time. But hold on to your seats, because there’s trouble all right. Lots […]

Weekly Wits
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Weekly Wits 2/15/2013

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Human Rights Court Condones Killing Unborn Children in Latin America
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Human Rights Court Condones Killing Unborn Children in Latin America

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The decision is being called Latin America’s Roe v. Wade A few days before Christmas, the inter-American Court of Human Rights (IAHR Court) issued the worst judgment in its history. The case concerned Costa Rica’s law banning in-vitro fertilization, or IVF, but the judgment went far beyond this. The IAHR Court’s decision severely limited the […]

'Reproductive Rights' Run Amok
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‘Reproductive Rights’ Run Amok

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In Australia, IVF clinics are reporting that the number of older, single, heterosexual women using donor sperm to conceive a child has increased by 10% in the past three years. This trend is particularly pronounced in Victoria where it is no longer illegal for single women to undergo IVF if they are not medically infertile. They […]

Marquette Method of NFP
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Marquette Method of NFP

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All methods of modern Natural Family Planning (NFP) rely on observation of changes in a woman’s body as it makes its way through the monthly menstrual cycle. These observations determine when sexual intercourse can/should take place – depending on whether one is trying to achieve or postpone pregnancy. Two of the primary signs are cervical […]

MyFertilityMD App Review
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MyFertilityMD App Review

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I’ve been looking for an app to chart my body’s fertility for quite a while. Remember my begging? No? Well, I assure you, I even used this space to try to find something, and never had any luck. My days of searching are over, though, and I’m excited to share a brand-new app with you: […]

Mortal Life Without End? Really?
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Mortal Life Without End? Really?

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Anyone who has seen the latest DROID DNA smart phone ads realizes that such devices have become nearly inseparable from man’s person. As a matter of fact, the ads suggest that the phone is so much a part of the person that even his intelligence will be improved by merely using the phone. These are superb sales […]

The Journey of Infertility: Walking With the Church to Find Solutions, Wisdom, and Peace
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The Journey of Infertility: Walking With the Church to Find Solutions, Wisdom, and Peace

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It’s personal. It’s painful. And for the millions of people affected by infertility, it can also be very isolating. For those who have never experienced the sorrow and complexity of this condition, it’s impossible to truly comprehend the degree of suffering it causes. I had considered myself empathetic to those who couldn’t conceive, but I […]

Secular Second Thoughts on Sexual the Revolution
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Secular Second Thoughts on Sexual the Revolution

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The disruptive results for individuals and society spawned by the revolution in attitudes and behavior regarding sex, marriage, family, and childbearing that erupted a half-century ago have become too obvious to ignore. These things were predictable–in fact, some people actually predicted them from the start–but by now their impact has grown so painfully apparent that […]

 Human Rights or Human Wrongs?
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Human Rights or Human Wrongs?

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This past year has witnessed an escalation in the redefining of human rights. For example, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) stated in its Annual Report that contraception access is a “universal human right.” Implying that the use of contraception improves the overall health and financial status of women, the UN report fails to point out the deleterious effects that […]

The Inter-American Court versus the Rule of Law
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The Inter-American Court versus the Rule of Law

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Late last week the Inter-American Court on Human Rights struck down a Costa Rican law that banned in vitro fertilization, ruling that the restrictions violated rights to privacy, personal autonomy and “sexual and reproductive health” under the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR), commonly known as the Pact of San José.  The Court further ruled that that […]

Money Back Guarantee Babies: IVF Has Officially Reached the Bottom of the Barrel
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Money Back Guarantee Babies: IVF Has Officially Reached the Bottom of the Barrel

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When I read this article, I couldn’t shake the chills that went up my spine. I’m sure there is plenty of evil out in the world that I’ll never know about, but it doesn’t cease to amaze or shock me at man’s capacity and almost downright ingenuity — for lack of a better word — and […]

IVF as Science Fiction
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IVF as Science Fiction

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We can all remember reading predictions that at some point mankind will become immortal. Perhaps we have heard that there are techniques afoot that will eliminate disease and make the human being into something superior to himself, thus redefining us as transhuman. This is not science fiction and it is no longer in the realm […]

A Doctor Warns of the Perils of Four More Years of President Obama
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A Doctor Warns of the Perils of Four More Years of President Obama

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As a physician I deal with what Gerard Nadal, PhD (who blogs at Coming Home) writes about every day. I see the destruction this Culture of Death has caused to my patients and their families. STDs, infertility that inevitably results from STDs, increased rates of breast cancer, many due to hormonal contraceptive use or abortion, […]

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