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  • Archdiocese revises teacher contracts, prohibiting gay “lifestyles” and IVF

    03/11/2014 2:26:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 11, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    It’s happening in Cincinnati: Teachers in Cincinnati Archdiocese schools could lose their jobs if they violate a new employment contract that clamps down on their personal lives beyond school walls.The new contract obtained by The Enquirer has doubled in size and is strikingly different from previous Archdiocese teacher employment agreements.For the first time, it details prohibited practices such as gay “lifestyles,” out-of-wedlock relationships, abortions and fertility methods that go against Catholic teachings.The contract for the 2014-15 school year explicitly orders teachers to refrain “from any conduct or lifestyle which would reflect discredit on or cause scandal to the school or...
  • Pushing polyamorous genetic-related babies

    03/10/2014 6:51:24 PM PDT · by Coleus · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3.10.14 | WesleyJSmith
    The bioethics movement grows ever more radical. In the reproductive field, many activists promote a near-absolute right to have a baby, the kind of baby we want, via any means we desire.  The UK’s John Harris is a major voice in utilitarian bioethics discourse, who believes that killing so-called human non persons is A-OK. He has now written in favor of creating children using a process known as IVG–in vitro gametes–using stem cells to create eggs and sperm, and then fertilizing via IVF. Harris extols the possibilities. For example, a single person could “self breed,” making a baby with only their own cells. Another use would be by same sex...
  • Stop fretting about 3-parent embryos and get ready for “multiplex parenting”

    03/09/2014 3:58:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    BioEdge ^ | March 8, 2014 | Michael Cook
    The controversy over three-parent embryos could soon be old hat. Writing in one of the world’s leading journals, one of Britain’s best-known bioethicists has outlined a strategy for creating children with four or more genetic parents. He calls it “multiplex parenting”.John Harris, of the University of Manchester, and two colleagues, CĂ©sar Palacios-GonzĂĄlez and Giuseppe Testa contend in the Journal of Medical Ethics (free online) that this is one of many exciting consequences of using stem cells to create synthetic eggs and sperm. (Or as they prefer to call them, in vitro generated gametes (IVG).)After the discovery of induced pluripotent stem...
  • FDA Appears Set to Approve Creating Human Embryos With Three Parents

    02/21/2014 2:25:26 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | February 21, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    An experimental technique for creating embryos with three biological parents appears to be moving toward an okay from the FDA. Ostensibly to prevent mitochondrial disease, the experiment would use one genetically modified egg (with the nucleus from another egg), and sperm to create a new human life via IVF.Now, an FDA committee is holding hearings (on Feb 25-26) to determine whether to allow the technique to be used to bring babies to birth. From the Science story: In the United States, FDA has said it has the power to regulate any transfer of mitochondrial DNA in embryos, because it is...
  • Sperm, Craigslist, Lesbians and Welfare: What Could Go Wrong?

    01/24/2014 4:50:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | John Ransom
    There is so much wrong with the following story that like other great art that imitates life, I think I’ll let the story mostly speak for itself…and many of the ills of society in general. So, stop me if you heard this one…. Two lesbians put up an ad on Craigslist looking for a sperm donor. This is not in dispute. They put up an ad on Craigslist looking for sperm, like sperm are a couch or a T.V. or those old worthless beanie babies your haggard aunt collected. In response to the ad, one William Marotta, who apparently...
  • University investigates Utah clinic's sperm mix-up

    01/16/2014 11:48:59 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    FOX ^ | FOX
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The University of Utah is investigating a complaint that a convicted felon working at a fertility clinic replaced a customer's sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago. The mother of the girl, Pamela Branum, says she and her husband discovered a genetic mismatch in their daughter, and were able to trace her lineage with help from relatives of the now-deceased fertility clinic worker, Thomas Ray Lippert. "I don't think we're the only ones," Branum told CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City. "We think we're one of many" victims who used a...
  • “Reprotech” Ushers in a New Eugenic Age

    01/15/2014 8:03:00 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 15, 2014 | Mark D. Oshinskie
    Following the devaluation of babies in the developed world in the 1970s and 80s, babies became scarce and, consequently, desirable once again. Now, any means used to make babies is seen as good, as long as pregnancy occurs at a convenient time.Some cannot conceive naturally. The prevailing view is that those who cannot do so should have free access to such reproductive technologies as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or the purchase of gametes, i.e., sperm and eggs. Yet, many do not know what occurs in IVF labs and others do not care, as long as offspring result. The zeitgeist...
  • 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...
  • Cry for Help from Young Woman Conceived with IVF

    01/09/2014 8:21:13 AM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 1/01/2014 | Rebecca Taylor
    Cry for Help from Young Woman Conceived with IVF I hate to start the new year with a sad post, but if we can help this young woman, it will be worth it. Her e-mail broke my heart. It is a cry for help from someone who mourns the loss of her siblings that didn't make it. It is also a look at the darker-side of IVF that no one wants to talk about: the massive loss of life inherent in the IVF process. She writes: I was wondering if you knew of any websites or resources that support people...
  • Obama admin’s FDA mulling three-parent embryo creation

    11/02/2013 6:20:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Oct 31, 2013 | Hilary White
    While some European ethicists and politicians have called for an end to the creation of “three-parent” IVF embryos, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced it is considering allowing the practice - without having held a public consultation. Researchers say that the technique “modifies standard IVF technology” to create an embryo from the eggs of two women and sperm from one man. The FDA’s most recent draft guidance on the issue included no mention of the ethical concerns over the nature of the procedure itself, but only offers suggestions for developing early stage clinical trials. “This guidance is intended...
  • IVF babies 'are a third more likely to develop childhood cancer'

    10/09/2013 7:21:31 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    mail online ^ | Nick Mcdermott
    Children born as a result of IVF are a third more likely to get cancer, a major study found. Scientists said those born after fertility treatments were 33 per cent more likely to have childhood cancer. They were 65 per cent more likely to develop leukaemia and 88 per cent more likely to develop cancers of the brain and central nervous system. The study suggests fertility treatment may change the way certain genes function when they are passed from parent to child in a process known as ‘genomic imprinting’. These faults in genes are linked to childhood cancers, the Danish...
  • Vegetarian credits Sausage McMuffins for helping carry triplets to full term

    09/02/2013 7:32:52 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 49 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | SEPTEMBER 02, 2013 | QMI AGENCY
    A British woman credits in vitro fertilization (IVF) -- aided by daily breakfasts of sausage McMuffins to help carry her triplets to full term -- after failing for 10 years to get pregnant the old-fashioned way. Vegetarian Laura Dixon, 34, and husband Tim, 34, of Essex, tried three times with IVF to have a family, but was unsuccessful twice; the first attempt was abandoned and the second try ending in a heartbreaking miscarriage after eight weeks, SWNS.com reports. Laura was in her third round of IVF when she conceived and decided to boost her odds of carrying to full term...
  • 3.8 million human embryos created to produce 122,000 live births – success rate of 3.2%

    08/20/2013 10:29:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 19, 2013 | PETER SAUNDERS
    August 18, 2013 ( PJ Saunders) - The Daily Telegraph this weekend reports on a new expert study which has raised fears that some clinics may be offering techniques that put the embryo at risk for their own profit.   The review, carried out by Dr Justin McCracken, the former head of the Health Protection Agency, highlighted a new technique, known as Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS), as one which is possibly being offered inappropriately for commercial reasons.   For a fee, which can run into thousands of pounds, clinics can check embryos created by a successful IVF cycle for...
  • Huge Failure in Catechesis: Survey: only 13% of Catholics think IVF is morally wrong

    08/19/2013 2:21:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 19, 2013 | Diogenes
    Only 13% of Catholics--and 12% of Americans--believe that in vitro fertilization is morally wrong, according to a new Pew Research survey. 33% of Americans judge the procedure morally acceptable, while 46% say that it is not a moral issue. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discussed the immorality of in vitro fertilization in its instructions Donum Vitae (1987) and Dignitas Personae (2008). The survey also found that 49% of Americans believe that abortion is morally wrong, while 15% say it is morally acceptable and 23% say it is not a moral issue. 64% of Hispanic Catholics and 53%...
  • Jersey research (IVF) may make it easier for infertile couples to conceive

    08/09/2013 8:38:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | August 05, 2013 | Dan Goldberg
    -snip- Scheidts and Levy had 13 embryos from which to choose. The testing, Levy said, revealed only three of the 13 had the correct chromosomal numbers, and one of those was implanted in Scheidts. Nine months later, a healthy baby boy. “I was overjoyed and a little emotional because we had been trying so long,” Levy said. The test itself is relatively simple: Doctors take a bit of tissue from the embryo, usually five days after fertilization when it is about 100 cells. They remove five cells and test them, making sure that the right number of chromosomes are present....
  • The Injustices of the Surrogacy Industry

    08/01/2013 11:49:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 1, 2013 | Sister Renée Mirkes
    Catholic teaching on surrogacy is receiving reinforcement from current research. Mothers have long believed, cultures have long taught, and research has repeatedly confirmed that an emotional network links pregnant moms to their babies. If mom is happy, the preborn baby is content. When mom is anxious, the prenate shows signs of stress. What’s more, post-birth, this bio-emotional nexus—the gestational link—continues to yoke mothers to their offspring throughout childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. It’s important, then, to investigate what happens when an enterprise like surrogacy sunders the gestational link. For the first time, a 2013 study suggests surrogate children experience greater adjustment...
  • IVF linked to intellectual disability, autism in children: large study

    07/19/2013 2:20:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 19, 2013 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    July 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Swedish study has found that children conceived with a certain type of in vitro fertilization (IVF) have a 51 percent increased risk of intellectual impairment – defined as an IQ score below 70. They also linked the procedure to a small increased risk for autism in cases of twins and triplets. Scientists studied data from 2.5 million births, and found the heightened risk in cases of babies conceived by a process in which the sperm is injected directly into the mother’s egg, known as Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). ICSI is used typically to...
  • 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. …
  • The Use of Modern Man Liberating Modern Woman

    06/11/2013 3:24:04 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 10 June 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    "What do we want from modern man?" is the headline on the cover of the Style section of The [London] Sunday Times' latest issue. The man in the cover photo, almost naked, looks androgynous, as if he hadn't quite made up his mind whether to be male or female (a common occurrence these days). I'll answer that question by taking a cue from The Sunday Times itself, which for years - at least until I stopped reading it in disgust, no, I mean, because it was too riveting and captivating to bear - has been telling us that man...
  • Hundreds of thousands in anti in-vitro rallies all across Poland

    05/28/2013 3:38:34 AM PDT · by Matt_DZ_PL · 15 replies
    Website of the The Polish Radio External Service ^ | May 26, 2013 | External Service of the Polish Radio
    Demonstrators call for 'pro life' policies   Catholic and right wing supporters take part in Pro Life march in Warsaw: photo - PAP Grzegorz Jakubowski This Sunday saw 107 Marches for Life and Family held in many cities around Poland, including Warsaw, Krakow and ƁódĆș. The marches were held under the slogan “Family is our direction” with organisers attracting attention to the demographic deficit the country is experiencing, with a declining number of couples deciding to have children. Last year saw around 50 similar demonstrations in Poland. According to Anna Borkowska-KnioƂek from the organiser's Warsaw office, Poland is already at...
  • CNN Anchor Draws Legal Parallel Between Catholic Teacher's Firing and Sharia Law Stoning

    05/31/2013 4:20:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 30, 2013 | Matt Hadro
    Chalk this one up to the absurd. CNN's Ashleigh Banfield on Wednesday tried to draw a legal parallel between a Sharia Law execution and a Catholic school firing a teacher for violating her contract by disobeying church teaching on pregnancy. Banfield argued both violated the teacher's Constitutional rights. "Well if it's an Islamic school and they decide to go with Sharia Law and they decide to stone me for this, they can't do that either," Banfield ridiculously argued. "Then don't sign up to be the teacher," responded prosecutor Christine Grillo, who multiple times reiterated that the teacher had violated her...
  • “I Am Not Happy About It:” A family dreading twins reflects the selfishness of our culture

    05/05/2013 8:29:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 53 replies
    Live Action ^ | Kristen Hatten
    A recent post on HuffPo has gone viral, being reposted mostly by people who can’t believe what they just read. A man, if you can call him that, writing under the pen name Albert Garland wants you to know: “My Wife Is Expecting Twins and I Am Not Happy About It.” This article is an excellent example of what we mean when we say “first world problems.” Even as it starts, I know I am about to read something steeped in a viewpoint warped and twisted by selfishness. It begins thusly: I’ve been doing some spying lately, casually asking friends...
  • Why I Froze My Eggs [Heinlein Fans, Remember "Podkayne of Mars"?]

    05/04/2013 5:23:26 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/04/2013 | SARAH ELIZABETH RICHARDS
    Between the ages of 36 and 38, I spent nearly $50,000 to freeze 70 eggs in the hope that they would help me have a family in my mid-40s, when my natural fertility is gone. For this baby insurance, I obliterated my savings and used up the money my parents had set aside for a wedding. It was the best investment I ever made. In RAH's 1963 Novel "Podkayne of Mars", the common ability of a woman to "Freeze" embryos in order to delay childbirth is the starting plot generator.
  • "In vitro eugenics" straight from Brave New World

    04/11/2013 3:28:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 10, 2013 | REBECCA TAYLOR
    I read somewhere that while both George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World contained dystopian futures, Huxley's world, where humans are made in "hatcheries" and the people were kept compliant, not by the threat of Big Brother, but by the numbing of their senses with the pleasure-inducing drug "soma," was a more plausible scenario. After reading "In vitro eugenics" by Dr. Robert Sparrow in the Journal of Medical Ethics, I have to agree. Dr. Sparrow explores the possibility of creating embryos in the lab, then using the stem cells from those embryos to create egg and sperm cells,...
  • Scientists Want to Scavenge Aborted Fetal Eggs for IVF Treatment

    04/02/2013 2:44:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | April 2, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    Scientists are keeping aborted fetal ovaries alive in order to scavenge their eggs.From the Daily News story: Scientists are ready to plunder the ovaries of aborted babies for eggs to use in IVF treatment. Experiments have taken the process almost to completion, it emerged yesterday. They raise the nightmare prospect of a child whose biological mother has never been born. The news, from a scientific conference in Madrid, was greeted with widespread revulsion at how far science is testing ethical frontiers. Experts warned of appalling emotional and biological problems.But fertility doctors say the development could ease a worldwide shortage of...
  • Making babies: In vitro fertilization’s Pandora’s Box

    03/11/2013 9:47:52 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 12 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/09/13 | Maria Wiering
    Rita Buettner was in her late 20s and trying to get pregnant when her gynecologist – who knew she was a devout Catholic – told her to try in vitro fertilization, or IVF. Buettner wouldn’t consider it, and found a new doctor. She and her husband John adopted instead. Not all Catholics are making the same decision. Despite the church’s teaching against assisted reproductive technology, Catholics are among those turning to IVF as an answer to infertility. Online IVF discussions are peppered with self-identifying Catholics sharing their stories, some oblivious to the church’s teaching, others conflicted, still others unconcerned. According...
  • Playing God Without the Wisdom of God

    03/09/2013 2:09:26 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 7, 2013 | George Neumayr
    The dominant secular culture portrays the world of In vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogate pregnancies as a great advance for mankind, even as it generates a stream of horror stories beyond the imagination of Greek tragedians.Not a week passes, it seems, without a new disturbing permutation to this culture. “Surrogate offered $10,000 to abort baby,” reported CNN this week.So now surrogates are offered money not just to carry children but to abort them. A more complete headline on CNN’s story would have been: “Surrogate offered $10,000 to abort baby diagnosed as disabled.” Untroubled by eugenic abortion, CNN doesn’t even bother...
  • When You Find Out You Married Your Sister

    02/26/2013 6:15:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 84 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Michael Brown
    You knew it had to happen sometime. A husband discovers that he and his wife have the same sperm donor father. (Both of them raised by lesbian parents.) That means he married his half-sister, who is now the mother of their three children. What should they do? Although the story has not, to my knowledge, been verified, it was the subject of a question submitted to Emily Yoffe, author of the Dear Prudence advice column. The husband explained that when he met his wife in college, “the attraction was immediate, and we quickly became inseparable. We had a number of...
  • More Than Three Million Human Embryos Destroyed in UK IVF

    01/04/2013 7:11:16 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jill Stanek
    Official statistics show that almost half of embryos used to help women conceive through in vitro fertilization (IVF) were thrown away during or after the process….Since August 1991 more than 3.5 million human embryos have been created, producing only 235,480 “gestational sacs” or evidence of successful implantation. Of the embryos created, almost 840,000 were put into storage for future use and more than 2000 were stored for donation. Almost 5,900 were set aside for scientific research.Almost 1.4 million embryos were implanted in the hope of beginning pregnancies, with fewer than one in six resulting in a pregnancy.Nearly 1.7 million were...
  • Baby, or your money back: (CA) fertility doctor mass produces, then sells embryos for $9,800

    11/21/2012 3:26:18 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 21, 2012 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    Dr. Ernest Zeringue Davis, CA, November 21, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A doctor in Davis, California is promising a successful IVF pregnancy for just $9,800, with an unheard-of money-back guarantee.  The catch?  Patients will be implanted with someone else’s baby. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is notoriously expensive.  A single round of IVF averages $12,400, with no guarantee of a pregnancy.  Women wishing to become pregnant using the method must often undergo the procedure repeatedly until they end up with a baby or run out of money, since insurance typically limits how much can be spent on the procedure. Dr. Ernest Zeringue cuts...
  • Pregnancy From Sperm Frozen 40 Years Ago Highlights Problems With IVF (with a twist)

    09/03/2012 3:33:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Life News ^ | September 3, 2012 | Wesley J. Smith
    Good grief: A sperm bank is bragging that it set the record of having children born with 40 year-old sperm. From the press release, headlined “World Record Shattered:” Late in August, twin girls were born to a couple who used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to achieve pregnancy. On the surface, this may look like just another of the increasingly common success stories for the IVF industry. But this story has its own unique twist that makes it different from every other IVF pregnancy—the sperm used to fertilize the egg was frozen over 40 years ago, shattering the existing record of...
  • Former IVF doc: my conversion began when confronted by a priest

    08/03/2012 1:41:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 3, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Caruso began to question the IVF process after being confronted by his parish priest. CHICAGO, August 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - One former in-vitro fertilization (IVF) expert’s difficult moral journey towards becoming the first of his kind to embrace a new vision of fertility treatment, one in line with his religious faith, began with the intervention of a Catholic priest. Reproductive endocrinologist Anthony Caruso told the Chicago Tribune July 30 that he began to seriously question the IVF business, in which children are picked and chosen according to physical features and frequently aborted in “selective reductions” of multiple pregnancies, after an...
  • The link between rented wombs and gay marriage

    08/02/2012 1:50:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    life news ^ | 8.2.2012 | Michael Cook
    August 2, 2012 (Mercatornet.com) - A TV show called The New Normal will have its premiere on NBC in the US soon. It’s about a gay couple and the single mother they engage to have their baby. “She’s just like an easy-bake oven except with no legal rights to the cupcake,” the surrogate-mother broker tells Bryan and David. This is a hard-nosed description of the woman’s role in gay marriage and child-rearing, but it sums it up accurately. In heterosexual relationships, the birth rate rises when couples are married. One would expect similar dynamics to apply to same-sex couples. For...
  • Genetically modified 3-parent children hitting their teens

    07/26/2012 3:32:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 26, 2012 | ANGELA O’BRIEN
    NEW JERSEY July 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A controversial IVF method resulting in 3-parent babies has recently been debated in the UK, but according to reports brought to light by Dr. Joseph Mercola of the health website Mercola.com, the technique has already been used in the US as far back as 1997. The birth of these genetically-modified children was indicated in a 2001 report issued by the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of Saint Barnabas (IRMS), New Jersey, so the children are now over 10 years old. The IVF process involves transferring the ooplasm of a healthy donor egg...
  • Sperm Donor Lawsuit Filed by Lesbian

    07/12/2012 7:20:10 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 89 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/12/12 | Andrew Lu
    A California woman is suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for "unconstitutional" sperm donor policies. The woman is in a same-sex relationship and wants to conceive a child with her female partner. The woman has a male friend who she wants to use as a sperm donor.
  • Let’s celebrate?: Estimated 30 million lives sacrificed for 5 million ‘test tube babies’

    07/05/2012 1:18:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 4, 2012 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While some doctors are celebrating an estimated 5 million living people created through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART includes IVF and ICSI) since the world’s first ‘test tube baby’, Louise Brown, was born 34 years ago, one prominent critic has slammed the technology for what he says is an unethical treatment of human life and a chimerical solution to women suffering from infertility. “If 5 million babies have been born as a result of in vitro fertilization, then at least six times that many human lives have been aborted in the earliest and most...
  • British Bioethics Council Gives OK to Three-Parent Embryo

    06/14/2012 2:53:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | June 14, 2012 | Rebecca Taylor
    A British ethics committee has recommended going forward with creating human embryos with 3 genetic parents. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, an independent body that considers issues in biotechnology and medicine, has found the genetic engineering technique is ethical and should move forward even though the technique is currently against the law in the United Kingdom.Why would doctors want to engineer an embryo with the genetic material from 3 people? Because, it will “prevent” the inheritance of mitochondrial disease. Not all of our DNA that we inherit is in the nuclei of the egg and sperm that join at fertilization....
  • Young women having IVF treatment at 'higher risk of breast cancer'

    05/24/2012 3:04:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 May 2012 | Rebecca Smith
    Across all age groups there was no overall increased risk of breast cancer associated with IVF. However researchers at the University of Western Australia found women who had IVF treatment at a younger age had a higher risk of developing the disease over the following 15 years. Oestrogen, a hormone which is known to fuel certain forms of breast cancer, may be up to 13 times higher during an IVF cycle than normal. Concerns have been raised about the use of strong hormones to stimulate the ovaries to produce more eggs during fertility treatment as hyperstimulation can be fatal.
  • Find your embryos on Craigs List!

    05/15/2012 1:55:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    CMR ^ | May 12, 2012 | Rebecca Taylor
    What do you do when you have created 18 extra IVF embryos and you don't want to destroy them or give them away to just anyone?  You put them on Craigslist of course!  From WhoTV.com: After struggling for years to have children the McCrea family had their prayers answered, and then some, thanks to In Vitro Fertilization. Now the family is sharing their extra blessings.... Deb had nearly signed on the dotted line to donate those leftover 18 embryos to a fertility clinic, but something just didn’t seem right. “When my daughter was born, I went months and months just...
  • The designer baby factory: ...and embryos implanted in desperate women

    05/05/2012 8:10:51 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 4, 2012 | David Jones
    Above a cheap mobile phone shop in a chaotic street in north Delhi, there is a grimy apartment whose peeling walls are decorated with photographs of adoring mothers nursing their babies. The woman cooing at her child in the biggest portrait is beautiful, white and affluent-looking — in stark contrast to the flat’s five residents, four of whom are pregnant, while the other is being pumped full of hormones in the hope she will soon conceive. They are all uneducated, bare-footed, dirt-poor Indian women from outlying villages — and given the emotional turmoil that awaits them, one would have thought...
  • Mitt Romney’s Eldest Son Has Twins Via Surrogate

    05/04/2012 2:07:33 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 211 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 4, 2012 | Emily Friendman
    O’HARA, Pa. – Tagg Romney, the eldest son of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, announced via Twitter that he and his wife Jen have new twin boys, delivered by a surrogate today. “Happy 2 announce birth of twin boys David Mitt and William Ryder. Big thanks to our surrogate. Life is a miracle,” Tagg tweeting, linking to a photo of himself and one of his new sons. This the second time that Tagg, 42, and his wife, Jen,39, have used a surrogate. The same surrogate was used for the twins carried their youngest son Jonathan, who was born in August of...
  • Teacher says Catholic school fired her over IVF

    04/26/2012 12:16:11 PM PDT · by redreno · 48 replies
    Fonews ^ | 04/26/2012 | AP
    Indiana teacher who says she was fired from a Roman Catholic school for using in vitro fertilization to try to get pregnant is suing in a case that could set up a legal showdown over reproductive and religious rights.
  • Teacher Claims Catholic School Fired Her Over IVF

    04/26/2012 8:35:52 AM PDT · by Abathar · 99 replies
    theindychannel.com/ap ^ | April 26, 2012 | uncredited
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A Fort Wayne teacher who claims she was fired from a Roman Catholic school for using in vitro fertilization to try to get pregnant is suing in a case that could set up a legal showdown over reproductive and religious rights. Emily Herx's lawsuit accuses the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and St. Vincent de Paul School in Fort Wayne of discrimination for her firing last June. Herx, 31, of Hoagland, Ind., said that the church pastor told her she was a "grave, immoral sinner" and that a scandal would erupt if anyone learned she had...
  • ‘Create the family you want: Boy or Girl’: Sex selection advertized in Canadian newspapers

    04/19/2012 3:40:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/19/12 | Peter Baklinski
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 19, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the wake of a new study that indicates that unborn girls are being targeted for abortion by certain immigrant groups in Canada, evidence has surfaced that sex selective in vitro fertilization (IVF) is being regularly advertised in Canadian news papers. A fertility clinic in Washington state has been targeting Indo-Canadians in British Columbia with an ad encouraging them to “create the family you want: Boy or Girl.” The ad features a picture of an ethnic boy and girl attired in traditional Indian garb.  A website address in the ad directs parents...
  • After IVF we became pregnant with triplets, but my wife wanted two of the babies aborted

    03/14/2012 9:30:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 74 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 3/14/2012 | Anonymous
    March 14, 2012 (AmericanThinker.com) - My soul carries a new scar. The pain is fresh and keen, and I know that while time might see the pain fade, I will never fully recover from what I’ve seen, and done. For I have failed, intentionally and knowingly, in the first duty of a parent: protecting the lives of two of my children. My wife and I wanted children; alas, we needed IVF treatment to realize this dream. Several cycles and multiple embryo implantations later, we welcomed our blessing from G-d, who is the light of our lives. Recently, we tried for...
  • The New Scar on My Soul

    03/04/2012 7:08:45 AM PST · by Popman · 53 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 4, 2012 | anonymous
    My wife didn't look, but I had to. I had to know what would happen to my children. I had to know how they would die. "It never rains, but it pours," said the fertility doctor -- of the three embryos that were implanted, all three took. We were faced with the news of triplets. I was shocked, knowing the burden that would entail, but since G-d gave us three, I was prepared to do whatever I needed to do to help, manage, and provide. Snip... Each retreated, pushing away, as the needle entered the amniotic sac. They did not...
  • Trouble in Vatican: Pontifical Acad mmbrs upset with ethics deficit at infertility conference (CC)

    03/01/2012 3:44:31 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 9+ views
    Life Site News ^ | February 29, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    PAV Assembly in a conference center next to St. Peter's Basilica VATICAN CITY, February 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A gathering of the Vatican’s own academy for promoting respect for life was met with palpable discontent from its own members and other registrants after presenters on the topic of infertility alluded to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other artificial reproduction technologies as “natural” and legitimate for treating patients, despite their conflict with Catholic moral teaching. In addition, one prominent Catholic doctor who noted the link between the birth control pill and breast cancer was told by the moderator that his claim was...
  • Anything Goes (Reproductive medicine grows ever more disturbing)

    02/16/2012 2:50:51 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 16, 2012 | Chuck Weber, Sister Renée Mirkes
    An embryologist removes frozen embryos from a storage tank at the Smotrich IVF Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., in this 2007 photo. (CNS photo/Sandy Huffaker) In 1978, when doctors introduced Louise Brown, the first “test tube” or in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby, to the world, the international media hailed the event as something just short of the definitive answer to infertility. In Time magazine, Dr. Robert Edwards—one of the brains behind Baby Louise’s birth and the acknowledged godfather of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry it spawned—boasted: “This is the first time we’ve solved all the problems at once....
  • Ex-girlfriend hid sperm and used for in-vitro pregnancy: suit

    11/27/2011 10:14:09 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 130 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 26, 2011 | KIERAN CROWLEY
    A Long Island man was stunned to find out that his 4-year-old twins weren’t an accidental pregnancy at all — his desperate girlfriend secretly stashed away his sperm and used it for an in-vitro procedure, he charges in a lawsuit. Elmont resident Joseph Pressil, 36, wasn’t planning on having children with Anetria Burnett, with whom he was in a relationship for six months in 2007, he said. So she took matters into her own hands, he told The Post, in order to remain in his Texas house and make a legal bid for half of his possessions. -snip- The real...
  • Mississippi amendment on 'personhood' divides Christians

    11/08/2011 9:26:42 AM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 62 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 11/2/2011 | Rich Phillips
    In the Carpenter home, every meal begins with a prayer. Robin and his wife, Emily, are devout Christians. But they part ways with many other Christians over a measure that would expand the legal definition of human life. Their son, Luke, now 4 years old, was born through in vitro fertilization. The anti-abortion amendment being voted on this week in the state could restrict in vitro procedures, and the Carpenters are worried that if they wait too long to add to their family, they may end up breaking the law. "I don't really want or need anybody else getting involved...