Since children are a wonderful gift of marriage, it is a good thing to try to overcome the obstacles which prevent children from being conceived and born. Patricia wishes the synod fathers would focus attention on guiding parish priests on Catholicism and ivf to support families through the difficulty of untreatable infertility and how to guide Catholic communities to do the same.
It is quite legitimate, indeed praiseworthy, to try to find ways to overcome infertility. Pray about it, and talk to each other. I have the same beliefs as the church, but I also believe God gives us the srength and knowledge to do things.
BTW we have an awesome little boy from our first ivf that our church adores. Obviously not any means can be used to achieve pregnancy. This journey is hard enough as it is, without having to worry about a church n accepting you because of the way you conceived your child.
That means sperm testing as long as the sperm is collected during intercourse; hormone injections and fertility pills are OK, but harvesting eggs, masturbation for collecting sperm, and planting embryos in a womb—even if only the devout married couple are involved—is morally wrong in the eyes of God as interpreted by the Catholic Church.
I see it as a gift. Adoption of a child from an illegitimate form of medically assisted conception is not allowed. This would be terribly unfair to the child, depriving him or her of a natural father and mother. In fact, the identity of the "donor," whether of egg or sperm, may never be known, depriving the child of an awareness of his or her own lineage.
All forms of surrogacy are forbidden. Such a relationship of domination is in itself contrary to the dignity and equality that must be common to parents and children. This means that a third party donor is not acceptable, whether he or she is providing sperm, eggs, embryos, or a uterus. The new life is not engendered through an act of love between husband and wife, but by a laboratory procedure performed by doctors or technicians.
This can create a confusing situation for the child later, when he or she learns that one parent raising him or her is not actually the biological parent.
Appropriate usually surgical correction of organic problems underlying male or female infertility.
Obviously, this would not be a continuation of the dying child, but the bringing into being of a new child. However, official church policy also notes that such decisions are personal matters and, as such, "must be left to the judgment of the husband and wife".
One of the biggest factors for us was that we realized that if, God forbid, something happened to one of our kids, it would have caused a great deal of pain and grief to my older, devout relatives who think all non baptized babies are doomed rolls eyes.
And in true American fashion, there has been a corresponding growth in a "reproductive technologies industry" to provide a solution.
Scripture is filled with accounts Catholicism and ivf women who suffered from infertility. Being raised a Catholic child, I felt that the church spent too much time telling me what not to do.
A maximum of 3 embryos may be implanted at a time. Some have several eggs fertilized in vitro in a glass dish without realizing that this may lead to the destruction of these embryos or their being frozen for later experimental use.
J JewelC mcgeelisha I agree with the previous poster. Fertility drugs may also be used, with the caution that large multiple pregnancies may put mother and infants at risk. To avoid the problems of carrying and rearing "too many" babies after several have been implanted, doctors sometimes engage in something euphemistically called "fetal reduction" or "selective reduction.
The church turned its back on me when I wanted to marry a Methodist. I know ELCA Lutheran is very different that a Catholic church, but just know there are churches out there that will love and support you.
While a little baby may ultimately be born because of this procedure, other lives are usually snuffed out in the process.
Husband and wife are merely sources for the "raw materials" of egg and sperm, which are later manipulated by a technician to cause the sperm to fertilize the egg. The child is not an object to which one has a right, nor can he be considered as an object of ownership: God created us and with his creation we have evolved and have been able to explore science.
In Canada, one woman gave birth to five children engendered by IVF. Never are they to be used as a means to an end, not even to satisfy the deepest wishes of an infertile couple.
I was considering other options for religions but as my dad said the Popes for the last hundreds of years have had a series of bad decisions and corruption. It was right for me to break away from the church I was raised in because I felt they were out of touch with so many things.
There is the "reproductive technology industry. In regards to this ivf debate, it reminds me of the story about the old man sitting on his roof during a flood - a woman in a small boat comes along and asks if he wants a lift. No human being can "create" the image of God. Not a single church in our large parish would marry us until dh converted and we attended classes.
I am sorry you are not receiving the love and support you need and should get from your church.I’m using a throwaway account (for obvious reasons) to just express my opinion on the subject.
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