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February 26, 2012

In vitro fertilization and the Catholic Church

Filed under: Medical,Religion — Mike Kueber @ 12:21 am
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Earlier today, Pope Benedict reiterated the Catholic Church’s ban of sperm or egg donation and in vitro fertilization.  According to an article in USA Today, the Pope urged its faithful to resist “the fascination of the technology of artificial fertility” and cautioned against “easy income, or even worse, the arrogance of taking the place of the Creator,” an attitude he indicated underlies the field of artificial procreation.  “The human and Christian dignity of procreation, in fact, doesn’t consist in a ‘product,’ but in its link to the conjugal act, an expression of the love of the spouses of their union, not only biological but also spiritual.” 

Although I have long been aware of the Church’s archaic opposition to many forms of birth control, I wasn’t aware of its opposition to in vitro fertilization until I asked my medical-student son for some in vitro information a couple of years ago and he told me that he didn’t know anything about it because his Catholic medical school refused to teach the subject.

I was interested in learning about in vitro fertilization because my oldest son and his wife were using the process to have the baby they had been unable to have naturally.  Today, because of in vitro fertilization, I am the grandfather of 10-month old twins – Katelynne and Hayden.  I am amazed that Pope Benedict places more importance on the “dignity of procreation” and “the conjugal act” than he does on the babies who needed a little help from science.



  1. In vitro doesn’t take the place of the Creator, it helps get the Creator’s job done. When my wife and I thanked our fertility specialist who helped with the creation of our daughter through in vitro, he shrugged off his expertise and said she was a gift from God.

    Comment by Bob — February 26, 2012 @ 6:40 am | Reply

    • The ends does not justify the means…a very simple principle. The problem with IVF is not that it can help create life…it’s how it does it…and what some of the side effects are. Often women are implanted with multiple embryo’s (children), and the doctor will recommend “selective reduction,” a polite way of stating that the child, or children will be destroyed so that the apparently stronger embryo may survive.

      Comment by Steve — February 26, 2012 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

      • Steve, thanks for your comments. I think selective reduction is a separate issue. My son and his wife implanted only two embryos because they were not willing to destroy any. That is why they have twins.

        Comment by Mike Kueber — February 26, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

  2. It’s that type of arrogance that made me leave the Catholic church.

    Comment by Linda — February 27, 2012 @ 11:52 pm | Reply

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