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  • In Vitro Children and the Risks They Face

    01/12/2014 6:16:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | JUNE 6, 2004 | Interview With Neonatologist Carlo Bellieni
    In Vitro Children and the Risks They Face  Interview With Neonatologist Carlo Bellieni  ROME, JUNE 6, 2004 (Zenit.org).- In vitro fertilization, a practice that entails high risks for the health of a child, reflects a trivialization of conception, warns a neonatologist. In this interview with ZENIT, Dr. Carlo Bellieni, professor of neonatal therapy at the School of Pediatrics of the University of Siena, talks about the dangers of artificial procreation for the child conceived, as revealed in recent scientific studies. Accompanying his statements are key references to medical research. Q: What are some factors in the in vitro fertilization...
  • IVF method linked to low IQ in children

    07/14/2013 11:37:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Melbourne Herald Sun ^ | July 03, 2013 6:27AM | (Australian Associated Press)
    Certain forms of IVF treatment are significantly associated with an increased risk of low intelligence in children, a major study has shown. A link was also found with an especially severe type of autism, but only in the case of twins or triplets. Scientists who analyzed data on more than 2.5 million births stressed that the chances of an IVF baby being affected remained tiny in real terms. …
  • Eating mangoes may help lower blood sugar and cancer risk

    04/28/2013 10:11:50 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 53 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | ANI
    Washington, DC - These findings are the result of a single study and more research is needed on the effects of mango consumption on human health. Consumption of mangoes may potentially have a positive effect on blood sugar in obese individuals and help to limit inflammation, according to a new research. The study led by Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University, examined the effects of daily mango consumption on clinical parameters and body composition in obese subjects (body mass index, BMI = 30kg/m2). Twenty adults (11 males and 9 females) participated in the study,...
  • Pro Creators: Sperm Donors Are Dads to Dozens

    06/20/2011 2:46:34 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 46 replies
    Fox News & New York Post ^ | June 19, 2011 | unkonwn
    When he was a cash-strapped college student 20 years ago, Todd Whitehurst didn't think too deeply on the consequences of donating sperm. Then, when he was 41, he got an e-mail from a girl named Virginia. "She said, basically, 'I'm 14, and I think I'm your daughter,' " explained Whitehurst, now a 45-year-old medical engineer. Shortly after, he found a son, Tyler, now 14. And another, Gavin, now 16. That led to another child, and another, and yet another. "It was definitely overwhelming," Whitehurst said. "I'm not even sure how many children there are." So far he has found nine...
  • 'Eggsploitation' reveals egg donor dangers

    03/18/2011 4:58:20 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 8 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 03/18/2011 | Amanda Kate Winkelman
    WASHINGTON (BP)--The fertility industry has a dirty secret -- young women are being coerced into selling their eggs despite the severe health risks and the lack of laws protecting them, according to a recently released movie from the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. "Eggsploitation" -- a documentary that tells the stories of young women donating their eggs to help infertile women, only to suffer health problems even years after the procedure -- is being screened on campuses and for organizations across the country. The movie, which was named best documentary at the 2011 California Independent Film Festival, was shown...
  • A first for the first

    08/06/2010 3:19:24 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 6 August, 2010 | The Boston Globe
    She was the most famous baby in America after her birth in 1981 following in vitro fertilization. Yesterday, Elizabeth Comeau gave birth to a baby of her own. She shares her story. People have followed my life all my life. I mean, ALL my life. PBS cameras taped my birth, and I attended my first press conference at 3 days old — I yawned through the entire thing. My baby face appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and stories appeared in many newspapers worldwide, including The Boston Globe, where I now work on its website. I don’t have a...
  • IVF babies ‘risk major diseases’

    01/12/2010 6:29:05 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies · 743+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | January 10, 2010 | Jonathan Leake
    Scientists have discovered that the DNA of babies conceived through IVF differs from that of other children, putting them at greater risk of diseases such as diabetes and obesity later in life. The new research could explain why IVF babies tend to be at higher risk of low birth weight, defects and rare metabolic disorders. The changes are not in the genes themselves but in the mechanism that switches them on and off, the study of which is known as epigenetics. “These epigenetic differences have the potential to affect embyronic development and foetal growth, as well as influencing long-term patterns...
  • Obit: Maria del Carmen Bousada (became a mom at 66)

    07/16/2009 10:29:41 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 28 replies · 571+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7-16-09 | AP
    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish woman believed to have become the world's oldest new mother when she gave birth at 66 has died at 69, leaving behind twin toddlers, newspapers reported Wednesday. Maria del Carmen Bousada, who reportedly died Saturday, gave birth in December 2006 as a single mother after getting in vitro fertilization treatment at a clinic in Los Angeles. The births ignited a firestorm of debate over how old is too old for a new mother, and how much responsibility fertility clinics have over who gets treatments. Bousada told an interviewer she lied to the fertility clinic about...
  • The Dark Side of In Vitro Fertilization

    07/13/2009 12:45:37 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies · 602+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 07/13/2009 | Terry L. Brown
    At 11:47 p.m., on July 25, 1978, a five-pound 12-ounce baby girl was born. But this baby, Louise Joy Brown, the daughter of Lesley and John Brown from Bristol, England made medical history. She was the first baby born successfully from a process called in vitro fertilization (IVF). Since then millions of babies have been born using IVF, blessing families that had struggled with the heartache of infertility, sometimes for years. But IVF has a dark side. IVF is a procedure in which a woman is given fertility drugs to cause her to produce multiple eggs that are then extracted...
  • Polish Cardinal, Former Secretary to Pope JPII: Politicians, Like Pilate, Kill the Truth-Unborn

    04/21/2009 9:42:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies · 748+ views
    http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09042109.html ^ | Tuesday April 21, 2009 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    Tuesday April 21, 2009 Polish Cardinal, Former Secretary to Pope JPII: Politicians, Like Pilate, Kill the Truth of the Life of the Unborn By Thaddeus M. BaklinskiKRAKOW, Poland, April 21, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - During his Good Friday homily at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a Marian pilgrimage site near Krakow and home to a live dramatization of the Passion of Christ, Archbishop of Krakow Stanis?aw Cardinal Dziwisz called on the over 150,000 faithful present to show courage and speak the truth in defense of the dignity of human life.The Cardinal condemned abortion, euthanasia, common-law marriage, homosexual unions and in vitro fertilization.Speaking to...
  • Bishop criticizes reproductive technology’s ‘procreation without sex’

    03/17/2009 8:13:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 925+ views
    CNA ^ | March 16, 2009
    div class="noticia_imagen_contenedor" style="width: 250px;"> Bishop Thomas Wenski Orlando, Fla., Mar 16, 2009 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- Bishop of Orlando, Florida Thomas G. Wenski has written an editorial for the Orlando Sentinel stressing the dignity of the human embryo. Noting the ways some medical reproductive technologies “devalue the meaning of human sexuality itself,” he condemned “procreation without sex.”Invoking Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which he summarized as being about “a mad scientist who in his quest to create life never stopped to consider the consequences of his actions,” Bishop Wenski said that science reality is “stranger than science fiction.”Similarly, he suggested that some...
  • Dignitas Personae

    12/12/2008 12:06:09 PM PST · by annalex · 32 replies · 716+ views
    The Vatican ^ | 12.12.2008 | The Roman Curia
    Regarding the Instruction Dignitas PersonaeAim In recent years, biomedical research has made great strides, opening new possibilities for the treatment of disease, but also giving rise to serious questions which had not been directly treated in the Instruction Donum vitae (22 February 1987).  A new Instruction, which is dated 8 September 2008, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, seeks to provide some responses to these new bioethical questions, as these have been the focus of expectations and concerns in large sectors of society.  In this way, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith seeks both...
  • Tyranny In the Name of Progress: California bans religious objections to same-sex pregnancies

    08/19/2008 9:57:22 AM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies · 177+ views
    NRO ^ | 8/19/2008 | Andrew McCarthy
    Once again, judges in California have taken sides in the culture wars. On Monday, in North Coast Women’s Care v. Benitez, the Golden State’s highest court ruled that doctors may not rely on their religious principles to refuse in-vitro fertilization for same-sex couples. The decision runs roughshod over the First Amendment’s free-exercise clause, seeking to supplant Judeo-Christian principles with the state-imposed religion of secularism. This is a false choice under the federal Constitution, which makes room for both. Early press reporting indicated that the California court had found the state’s “compelling” interest in preventing discrimination outweighed the complaining doctors’ religious...
  • Frozen embryos better than fresh ones

    07/09/2008 7:18:18 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 5 replies · 184+ views
    PTI via The Times of India ^ | 9 Jul 2008, 1109 hrs IST | PTI
    LONDON: Frozen embryos are better than fresh when it comes to producing healthier babies using in-vitro fertilisation, a new study has revealed. Researchers in Denmark have found that babies born from thawed embryos were heavier at birth and were unlikely to suffer abnormalities as compared to those born from fresh embryos. “Only very top-quality embryos survive the freezing and thawing process. And you only get pregnancies in patients with lots of good embryos to freeze,” lead researcher Dr Anja Pinborg was quoted by The Daily Telegraph as saying. The researchers at Copenhagen University reached the conclusion after comparing over...
  • Outsourcing Wombs in India

    11/08/2007 1:46:58 PM PST · by redrunner · 4 replies · 33+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/07/2007 | Deepak Mahaan
    New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - In a new twist to the outsourcing for which India has become renowned, poor Indian women are renting out their wombs to foreigners. Surrogate motherhood -- carrying to term and giving birth to another woman's baby - once was limited in India to helping close relatives who couldn't complete a pregnancy due to medical difficulties. But leading gynecologist Dr. Kamla Selvaraj says it's now becoming a regular "profession" in India, with more and more women willing to carry babies for others, for a fee. India has for years been providing foreigners with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment...
  • Nova Scotia Scratches Out "Father" On Birth Certificates for "Father/Other Parent"

    09/25/2007 11:44:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 164+ views
    LifeSite ^ | September 24, 2007 | Peter J. Smith
    HALIFAX, September 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservative government rapidly approved new regulations, effective immediately, allowing birth certificates to register a lesbian "spouse" of a birth mother as the "other parent." The decision was made in cabinet only four days after the couple launched a human rights complaint. Halifax scrambled to make adjustments to the Vital Statistics Act after a "married" lesbian couple, Emily and Jamie O'Neill, filed a Human Rights complaint demanding the province recognize them equally as parents to Emily's newborn daughter, Jordyn, who was conceived through artificial insemination and born August 7. Since the old...
  • California Company: We'll Turn Your Child's Sibling Embryos Into Extra Body Parts

    08/23/2007 11:40:01 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 3 replies · 227+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 22, 2007 | Hilary White
    California Company: We'll Turn Your Child's Sibling Embryos Into Extra Body Parts No evidence to support claims that stem cells from these embryos can offer any treatment By Hilary White A California-based biotechnology company, StemLifeLine, is making a special offer to parents of children conceived through in vitro fertilisation techniques: "We'll turn your spare embryos into embryonic stem cell lines tailored to your child's potential future medical needs." StemCellLifeLine's website calls it "a novel service for individuals who have undergone in vitro fertilization, fulfilled their childbearing needs and now have to decide what to do with their remaining stored embryos....
  • World's First 'Test-Tube' Baby Gives Birth

    01/15/2007 6:58:30 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 24 replies · 1,008+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/15/07 | AP
    LONDON — Louise Brown, who was the world's first "test-tube" baby, has given birth to her first child. Cameron John Mullinder was born Dec. 20 in the western English city of Bristol, reports said. "He's tiny, just under 6 pounds, but he's perfect," the Mail on Sunday newspaper quoted her as saying. The baby was naturally conceived. The 28-year-old married Wesley Mullinder, 37, three years ago. Her sister, Natalie, who also was conceived through in-vitro fertilization, in 1999 became the first "test-tube" baby to give birth.
  • Law of Unintended Consquences - Sperm Banks

    07/26/2006 1:34:27 PM PDT · by torqemada · 4 replies · 430+ views
    Catholicity ^ | 7/29/06 | Catholicity
    THE LAW of UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES You've probably heard of the Law of Unintended Consequences. It refers to the unanticipated later results of earlier decisions or actions. We saw a television report of an unintended consequence of "sperm banks"--organizations which sell male sperm to lesbians or other single women who want pregnancy "without a father," and couples who want to have children despite male infertility of the husband. You will be shocked, as we were, to discover an estimated 40,000 children are born each year using this repulsively modern means. Apparently, anonymous "profiles" of the sperm donor are used to market...
  • Saved by Stem Cells - As Senate debate nears, ethical therapies build track record

    07/05/2006 1:41:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 538+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | July 5, 2006 | PATRICK NOVECOSKY
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. Senate debates stem cell laws this summer, they should learn a lesson from Mary Schneider.   When she saw her 2-year-old son’s fists balling up and his arms getting spastic, she knew she had to do something drastic.   Ryan Schneider was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy before his third birthday. Fortunately, Mary and her husband, Steve, had stored the boy’s cord blood with the Cord Blood Registry when he was born.   The blood is stored as a source of adult stem cells, which doctors have found effective. A bill sponsored...
  • Excommunication for deliberate embryo destruction?

    07/03/2006 1:16:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 404+ views
    CanonLaw ^ | June 29, 2006 | Dr. Ed Peters
    Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, the outspoken president of the Pontifical Council on the Family, has asserted that "destroying human embryos is equivalent to abortion"; therefore, he says, those directly involved in such deeds are liable to the canonical penalty established for abortion, namely, excommunication (1983 CIC 1398). That the cardinal stands on solid biological and moral grounds in equating deliberate embryo destruction with procured abortion is beyond serious question. What I want to ask is whether he stands on solid canonical grounds as well. Consider: until the last few decades, all canonical discussions of abortion were concerned with actions...
  • No compromise in latest Vatican ruling on condoms

    06/07/2006 6:11:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies · 812+ views
    Timesonline ^ | JUNE 6, 2006 | Ruth Gledhill and agencies
    The Vatican today published a sweeping condemnation of contraception, abortion, in-vitro fertilisation and same-sex marriage, declaring that the traditional family has never been so threatened. The document was issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family, whose head, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, is a strong opponent of the use of condoms under any circumstances. Gay activists in Italy condemned the report as a grotesque attack against modern life, freedom and social redemption.The 57-page document does not break any new ground but summarised traditional Vatican positions."Man of modern times has radicalised the tendency to take the place of God and substitute him," it...
  • Catholic School Teacher Fired for Having In Vitro

    05/12/2006 6:56:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 171 replies · 1,534+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 11, 2006
    May 11, 2006 — - After five years trying to conceive, Kelly and Eric Romenesko decided to try in vitro fertilization. Their twins, Alexandria and Allison, were born last year. It was a joyous event in the couple's life. "They're miracles. They're precious," Kelly Romenesko said. The couple were not prepared for what came next. When Kelly, a teacher at two Catholic schools in Wisconsin, told her bosses she had gotten pregnant through in vitro, they handed her a pink slip. "I was in tears," she said. "I remember asking, 'Is this the only reason why I'm being fired?' They...
  • Vatican Summit Looks at Selecting Embryos

    02/28/2006 8:58:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 159+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/28/06 | Nicole Winfield - ap
    VATICAN CITY - Scientists told a Vatican conference Tuesday that screening embryos for disease before implanting them in in-vitro fertilization posed grave ethical problems that could ultimately result in parents choosing the type of children they want. The warning, however, was rejected as unfounded by outside scientists. The Vatican conference, which ended Tuesday, focused on the ethics surrounding the handling of embryos before they are implanted in in-vitro fertilization procedures when they are just a few days old and a few cells in size. On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI told the conference that even such young embryos deserve the same...
  • 62-year-old Redding woman gives birth to 12th child

    02/18/2006 12:20:36 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 103 replies · 2,466+ views
    SignOnSanDiego (Union Trubune online) ^ | February 17, 2006 | Staff/Assoicated Press
    REDDING – A 62-year-old woman gave birth Friday to a healthy 6-pound, 9-ounce baby boy, becoming one of the oldest women in the world to successfully bear a child. The newborn is the 12th child of Janise Wulf, who's also a grandmother of 20 and great-grandmother of three. Wulf and her third husband, Scott, 48, named the red-haired boy, Adam Charles Wulf. He follows just 3½ years behind his older brother, Ian. “I hate to raise one alone, without a sibling,” said Wulf, who was impregnated both times through in vitro fertilization. Wulf has given birth to a total of...
  • Actress Brooke Shields kills 140 of her very own Children by undergoing 7 IVF Treatments

    07/25/2004 10:03:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 350 replies · 19,284+ views
    Various | 07.25.04
    The world just learned that "Catholic" actress Brooke Shields is the proud mother of a new baby girl. For a long time infertility problems made it impossible for her and her husband to conceive, and after many failed attempts to conceive naturally she resorted to the technological solution: in vitro fertilization (IVF). Now she is pictured on the covers of glamorous magazines with a smiling beautiful baby girl, but some have questioned her decision to use IVF. I am one of them. Was this star wrong to have a "test tube" baby? Yes. Dead wrong. While recognizing the pain of...
  • Did Elizabeth Edwards Use Donor Eggs? (If so, where are the unused embryos?)

    10/31/2004 7:46:57 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 50 replies · 2,447+ views
    Slate ^ | October 29, 2004 | Suz Redfearn
    All signs point to yes. During the past several months, the image has flickered into our homes with increasing regularity: Following the end of a campaign-trail speech, little Emma Claire Edwards, 6, and Jack Edwards, 4—both blond and cherubic—joyfully run up to the stage where their dad, Sen. John Edwards, 51, scoops them into his arms. Standing nearby beaming, always, is Elizabeth Edwards, 55. Do the math, and it's not hard to figure out that Edwards gave birth to Emma Claire at age 48 and Jack at 50. And yet if Edwards used her own eggs, this is all but...
  • Trial Opens Over Unauthorized Pregnancy

    01/14/2004 8:59:13 PM PST · by Jaded · 2 replies · 116+ views
    AP/ Yahoo News ^ | 1/14/04 | Jay Lindsay
    Trial Opens Over Unauthorized Pregnancy By JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press Writer CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Trial began Wednesday to hear a man's claims that his wife was impregnated without his permission at a clinic that used an embryo fertilized with his sperm. Richard Gladu testified that the birth shattered his family and sent him into a spiral of depression. He's seeking $3 million in the breach of contract and negligence suit against two doctors and the fertility clinic Boston IVF. In their opening statements, lawyers for the clinic and doctors said Gladu gave consent for his embryos to be used, and...
  • Gay Dads Welcome New Baby in Lexington, KY

    01/10/2004 9:04:27 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 29 replies · 483+ views
    Lexington, KY, Herald-Leader ^ | 01-10-04 | Spears, Valarie Honeycutt
    Gay dads welcome new baby By Valarie Honeycutt Spears HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER The two Lexington gay men who made worldwide news by parenting quadruplets had a fifth child yesterday with the help of the same biological mother. The baby, named Brandon Lane Dysarz, was born shortly after 8 a.m. at Lexington's Central Baptist Hospital by a planned Caesarean section, according to Lexington hair stylist Thomas Dysarz, the baby's biological father. "He looks just like me," said Dysarz, who said the healthy boy weighed in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces. The birth, like the July 26, 2002, birth of the quadruplets,...
  • Reasonable People Cannot Always Agree To Disagree

    05/12/2003 8:23:00 PM PDT · by MHGinTN · 364 replies · 1,421+ views
    Self ^ | 5/12/2003 | Marvin Galloway
    Don’t you just love it when someone with whom you're arguing says, “Well, we will just have to agree to disagree”, as a spin of the phrase ‘Reasonable people can agree to disagree’, or as the shortened version, ‘Reasonable people can disagree’? Can reasonable people disagree over cannibalism in order to permit cannibalism, without doing violence to civilization? As a pro-life advocate who gets into lots of discussions, I hear this ‘agree to disagree’ more and more. It tells me my points are getting to the irrational heart of defense for the abortion slaughter. When an advocate for abortion of...
  • Suit filed over mix-up of embryos at S.F. clinic

    08/03/2002 2:04:04 PM PDT · by Gophack · 4 replies · 269+ views
    S.J. Mercury News ^ | August 2, 2002 | Barbara Feder Ostrov
    <p>Jane Doe planned her single parenthood carefully, wanting to avoid the potential custody battles of an adoption turned sour.</p> <p>She selected anonymous egg and sperm donors to create an embryo that would be hers alone.</p> <p>But what should have been a joyous and private event turned nightmarish when an embryo mix-up at a respected San Francisco fertility clinic caused her to bear another couple's child.</p>
  • Clinic Mix-Up Sparks Fears over IVF H

    07/09/2002 7:54:13 AM PDT · by ELS · 424+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 09, 2002 08:07 AM ET | Michelle Green
    LONDON (Reuters) - A mix-up at a British clinic that left a white couple with black twins has sparked fears about the reliability of fertility treatment and left the law scrambling to catch up with science. While there are strict injunctions on identifying the twins and their sets of vying "parents," the case has thrown a spotlight on how medicine can mess with nature, leaving courts to pick up the pieces. "Embryos all look the same," Sonya Jerkovic, in charge of the London Fertility Center's laboratory, told Reuters after the latest blunder at an unnamed clinic. "It's our worst...
  • The Remastered Race

    04/11/2002 2:42:39 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 27 replies · 179+ views
    Wired ^ | 5/02 | Brian Alexander
    <p>You'll hear the debate on Crossfire or NewsHour or perhaps The 700 Club. There'll be coverage in your newspaper, probably accompanied by thundering editorials - ripe with clichés like "slippery slope" and "brave new world." It will sound, in fact, a lot like last year's dustup over stem cells and cloning. But this summer's biotech grudge match will be over designer babies.</p>