In Vitro Fertilisation …By Alex Ritchie

So What Exactly is In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)?

In Vitro Fertilisation, or mostly known as IVF, is the method used to manually combine an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish for fertilisation. Once the egg is fully fertilised, it is them placed back into the uterus hoping for a successful pregnancy. A basic explanation for In Vitro Fertilisation is having a baby without sexual contact.The success rate of In Vitro Fertilisation according to IVFAustralia

IVF does not have a 100% rate but actually is only 50% for women under 30 and 20% for women under 40. IVF also cost a massive amount of money and can be around $3000, success or no success either way you pay. Lastly IVF can cause some health risks including OHSS (ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome).

What does the Catholic Church have to say about this?

The Catholic Church sees IVF as gravely immoral. Firstly, the church is against it because it removes the act of love between husband and wife with God to conceive a child and instead. Secondly, this is not natural. God created us to make love our partner and in reward receive a child, He didn’t create us so biologist can perform this so called In Vitro Fertilisation on us.

Section 2376 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church says “Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral. These techniques (heterologous artificial insemination and fertilization) infringe the child’s right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage. They betray the spouses’ “right to become a father and a mother only through each other”.

After reading what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say we now know that, the sperm used is obtained by masturbation, which the church sees as immoral. Secondly, if the male or/and the female is sterile then the sperm or/and egg used could be donated by a stranger which is immoral because it can be seen as adultery. Overall, the Catholic Church is against In Vitro Fertilisation because the birth of the child should be seen as a gift.

My Thought on In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

I also see IVF as unnatural. For example, you don’t see animals going to a lab and doing this. I understand that some people just can’t have children because of age or an illness but they should just keep praying to God and hope that He answers their prayers. A good example is the story of Abraham, for those who don’t know the story of Abraham click here. Abraham was promised by God that Sarah (Abraham’s wife) would bore a child even though she was barren. If I was sterile and my wife wanted a child, I wouldn’t want IVF because I would know that the child she carries wouldn’t be mine. To sum it up, you should trust in God and hope that He might give you the gift of life.

“The children we bring into the world are small replicas of ourselves and our husbands; the pride and joy of grandfathers and grandmothers. We dream of being mothers, and for most of us that dreams are realised naturally. For this is the Miracle of Life.”― Azelene Williams

Want to know more about IVF in Australia

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