Category: Reproductive Technology

Infertility and Selective Abortion: Steering a Course Between Scylla and Charybdis
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Infertility and Selective Abortion: Steering a Course Between Scylla and Charybdis

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A lot of people, conservatives in particular, tend to idealize the past.  We like to wax lyrical about simpler times, the “good old days.”  Of course, if we are honest we have to admit that those good old days weren’t always so great.  The passage of time and progress of society have brought many blessings […]

We All Know it's Wrong
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We All Know it’s Wrong

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CBC President Jennifer Lahl interviews Alana S. Newman, the founder of the Anonymous Us Project about an event that took place in New York on October 1. Jennifer: Last week I received a Google alert telling me about a charity fundraising event in New York City to raise money for Gay men to have babies via reproductive technology […]

Good News: More Catholic Physicians are Following Church Teaching
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Good News: More Catholic Physicians are Following Church Teaching

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A wave of excitement is gradually making its way through a small community of Catholics in Houston, Texas. Married couples who embrace the Church’s teaching in Humanae vitae and who use natural family planning have waited too long. Houston, which boasts one of the largest and most highly regarded medical systems in the world has, for twenty […]

Mother-Daughter Uterus Transplants
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Mother-Daughter Uterus Transplants

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I have seen a lot of marginalization of children with artificial reproductive technologies, but I think this may take the cake. Never in my life have I encountered such a callous disregard for the health and well-being of a child that is so supposedly “wanted.” Two women have donated their wombs to their daughters. A […]

The 'ART' Baby and God: Why IVF is Wrong
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The ‘ART’ Baby and God: Why IVF is Wrong

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ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) A friend recently sent an article my way with this interesting headline: “Number of ‘ART’ Babies Reaches 5 Million.” The article explained that, according to statistics, there are around 1.5 million ART cycles every year with a resulting 350,000 babies. This means that the success rate […]

Sorry, Cryo-Kids, This is <em>The New Normal</em>. "Get Over It."
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Sorry, Cryo-Kids, This is The New Normal. “Get Over It.”

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In Must Not See TV news, last night NBC debuted its latest attempt at humor: The New Normal, a 30 minute sitcom about a young, single mother who agrees to become a gay couple’s surrogate mother. In the trailer for The New Normal, there is a scene in which the gay couple is speaking to someone […]

Children: The New Underdog
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Children: The New Underdog

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Children have no voice setting public policy.  They are legally, physically and emotionally dependent.   They cannot vote.  They cannot form non-profits, produce surveys or express their preferences.  Their rights are severely limited, by the law of the land and by the intimacy of family operations.  They live and die as charges of adults they did […]

Rejecting In Vitro Fertilization for All the Right Reasons
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Rejecting In Vitro Fertilization for All the Right Reasons

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Astounded, I had to take a seat when I read the latest from Rebecca Taylor. Taylor, a clinical laboratory technologist in molecular biology—and a Catholic—wrote about the horrendous results of man’s unbridled lust for controlling the human being and his ability to either live or die. Discussing Great Britain’s statistics, she reports, The United Kingdom’s Human […]

Being Pro-Life 3.0
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Being Pro-Life 3.0

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This characterization of the many facets of being pro-life is so brilliant I wish I could say I thought of it.  Scott Rae, in an interview with John Stonestreet at BreakPoint.org, brings the pro-life movement into the 21st century in an attempt to get us all to wake up to the perils we are facing. […]

Freezers are for Food
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Freezers are for Food

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In the world of commercialized conception, it seems we’ve decided the freezer is a great place to keep eggs, sperm, and “spare” embryos until we need them. We think they do pretty well in the freezer, but the verdict is still out on what happens over the long haul when you freeze and store human […]

‘Get over it’: Children of Anonymous Sperm Donors Met with Hostility and Ridicule
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‘Get over it’: Children of Anonymous Sperm Donors Met with Hostility and Ridicule

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For children of anonymous sperm donors yearning for a connection to their biological father, the world can be an unwelcome place. Instead of meeting compassion, many say that society treats their pain with a dismissive or even hostile attitude – a rift caused by lack of awareness as much as by the brute force of […]

3,500 Ways to Avoid Genetic Imperfection
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3,500 Ways to Avoid Genetic Imperfection

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A recent headline proclaiming the great advances science has made in detecting genetic defects in preborn children sent a chill down my pro-life spine. Proclaiming the incredible news that a day is upon us when scientists will be able to run genetic tests that will identify more than 3,500 genetic irregularities, the reporter echoed a concern raised […]

"Reproductive Rights" and the Brave New United States
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“Reproductive Rights” and the Brave New United States

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When I talk to my fellow Americans about biotechnology, they have this idea that all the bad stuff will happen in places like China and that the horrors of Huxley’s Brave New World will never happen here.  Cloning, human genetic engineering and the like will happen somewhere else, but not in the good ol’ USA. […]

Supreme Court Rules: No Benefits for IVF Children Conceived After Parent Dies
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Supreme Court Rules: No Benefits for IVF Children Conceived After Parent Dies

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The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that children conceived posthumously with IVF are not entitled to Social Security survivor benefits.  In 1939, the Social Security Administration put in a provision that allowed dependent children to collect their parent’s benefits as survivors.  In 1939 they did not have a crazy fertility industry willing […]

Divided Motherhood in the Age of Discovery
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Divided Motherhood in the Age of Discovery

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The twentieth century saw the greatest advances made in science, technology, and medicine that the world has ever known. Building on the conceptual discoveries of the previous three centuries, we have wrought wonders unimagined in every decade of that century, and continue on unabated in this new century and new millennium. If there has been […]

Money Changes Everything
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Money Changes Everything

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When the news broke that Mitt and Ann Romney welcomed grandchildren numbers 17 and 18 this past Friday via “gestational surrogacy,” those of us here at CBC central—who oppose commercialized conception—wondered where the bottom is in these murky waters of assisted reproduction. Tagg Romney posted this on his facebook page after the twins were born: […]

Obama, Same-Sex Marriage, and Bioethical Fallout
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Obama, Same-Sex Marriage, and Bioethical Fallout

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Yesterday President Obama threw his support behind same-sex marriage. Thank God! The mask is off, six months before the election and about a year since he announced that he was willfully violating his Oath of Office by ordering the Justice Department to cease defending the law in court. Specifically, he ordered an end to defending The […]

The Herx Case: Is it About God's Law or Politics?
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The Herx Case: Is it About God’s Law or Politics?

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Recently, Emily Herx, a teacher in a Catholic school, announced to the nation through major media outlets that she had been fired from a Catholic school because she used in vitro fertilization in an attempt to get pregnant. Herx is now suing St. Vincent DePaul Catholic School and the Fort Wayne, Indiana, Catholic diocese for […]

What Biotech Needs Most
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What Biotech Needs Most

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Over the years, I have given a lot of talks on biotechnology.  I have one on the ethics of genetic testing, one on the ethics of human genetic engineering and one on stem cell research and cloning. My talks, especially the one on cloning, are not all uplifting and feely-good.  Most people come in all […]

IVF and the ‘Right’ to be a Parent: the Child as an Expensive Lifestyle Accessory
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IVF and the ‘Right’ to be a Parent: the Child as an Expensive Lifestyle Accessory

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One thing has become abundantly clear since the development of a global, multi-billion dollar artificial procreation industry: children are now regarded as luxury commodities, very expensive ones, and they had better measure up to the expectations of customers. This assumption was bolstered the other day with the announcement in the UK from the Human Fertilisation […]

Porn Not the Only Industry Commodifying Women
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Porn Not the Only Industry Commodifying Women

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We’re all well aware of the fact that the “adult entertainment” industry rakes in major profits by exploiting women and their bodies, but they aren’t the only ones. Recently, Rebecca Taylor explained how the cloning/embryonic stem cell research industry is dependent on women putting their bodies on the line in order to obtain the “raw materials” needed […]

The Absurd Results of Techno-Science
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The Absurd Results of Techno-Science

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Many are the citations of late that expose a rampant increase in man’s desire to deny scientific truth in favor of sham-science. This is perhaps most obvious in the matter of intrinsic human rights which, fundamentally, begin when a particular individual begins. Or not? It depends on who is pontificating about that beginning, how the […]

The New Face of Natural Family Planning
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The New Face of Natural Family Planning

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It was a month before she had to decide her specialty in medical school, and Brooke Jemelka found herself at a crossroads. She had been concentrating on pediatrics during her studies at Texas A&M University, but by the end of her third year, she was starting to question what she wanted to do with her […]

IVF's Barren Wasteland
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IVF’s Barren Wasteland

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Every time the subject of human personhood is raised, somebody immediately argues that legal recognition of personhood would mean an end to in vitro fertilization (IVF). It is true that any procedure that has as a byproduct the killing of human beings prior to birth would be outlawed—and that includes IVF. But few want to […]

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