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IVF Creates Dilemma God Never Intended

This piece at CNN caught my attention:

What happens to extra embryos after IVF?

The article concerns the moral struggle that people find themselves in after having conceived using in vitro fertilization (IVF). Not surprisingly, when we choose to violate God’s laws there are unintended consequences. Such consequences of IVF include hundreds of thousands of babies frozen in laboratory freezers indefinitely. In order to achieve one successful pregnancy using IVF, multiple eggs are fertilized, leaving “extra” children, sadly referred to as “left overs” in the article.

Many good people who struggle with infertility can fall into the lure of IVF if they are not made aware of the serious evil of this process. They then realize the moral problem they’ve created when they have these “extra” children that require a decision as to their fate. The article is about this struggle and some possible options. It really shouldn’t be so surprising that we find life seeming less and less special, or dare we say “sacred,” when we now have so many people who are mere “left overs.”

See the Pope Paul VI Institute and their site on NaProTechnology for fertility care information and morally positive alternatives to IVF.

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