The battle of IVF and ethics

The battle of IVF and ethics

With one in six couples affected by infertility, IVF can offer new hope to those who would otherwise be unable to have a baby.  But it does raise some ethical issues, especially for Christians, who may feel that using this technology is ‘playing God’, or who may be uncomfortable with the idea of ‘paying for […]

By Katrina RoeTuesday 25 Oct 2011Hope MorningsParentingReading Time: 1 minute

With one in six couples affected by infertility, IVF can offer new hope to those who would otherwise be unable to have a baby. 

But it does raise some ethical issues, especially for Christians, who may feel that using this technology is ‘playing God’, or who may be uncomfortable with the idea of ‘paying for a baby’. 

Then there’s the vexing question of when life begins…

Is every fertilised embryo a potential human?  And how will the gruelling schedule of IVF affect the marriage relationship? 

These are just some of the difficult questions raised by reproductive technologies. 

Yet infertility, like other medical conditions can be treated and IVF has enabled many infertile couples to finally experience the joy and blessing of having children.

Dr Andrew Ford lectures in ethics at Moore College, has a PhD in medicine and is currently completing a Masters in Bioethics. 

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Here he discusses the heartache of infertility and the ethics of IVF from a Christian perspective.  

Listen Now – Katrina Roe talks with Dr Andrew Ford.