IVF, Embryo Transfer, and Embryo Adoption

Rex, Elizabeth B.
June 2014
National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly;Summer2014, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p227
Academic Journal
An article by Mark Repenshek and a letter by Edward Delaquil published recently in The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly underscore the urgent need for further moral and magisterial clarification regarding a number of highly complex and difficult bioethical issues. These involve ex utero therapeutic genomic interventions, the practice of in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, and the ongoing debate over the morality of embryo adoption to help resolve the "absurd" fate of countless, cryopreserved human embryos. This essay critiques and argues against the use of therapeutic IVF, helps clarify why embryo transfer and embryo adoption do not violate the sacred bond of marriage, and uses key magisterial passages from both Donum vitae and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to defend the practice of embryo transfer.


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