This article addresses the hard decisions people have to go through when struggling to conceive. This families struggle was with trying to fall pregnant and deciding whether to turn to science or to turn to their religion and the Catholic Church. This relates to this issue, as the Catholic Church believes it is wrong to use other methods to have a child, so for them the people that go to the church if they decided to do this could judge them.
This couple still believes that if they pray and ask for forgiveness that it is all right to go through with this. In the church document in my second blog post it states that couples must be married, conception must occur through normal intercourse and the embryo must be treated with respect meaning that no other forms of fertilisation should occur other than the natural way. IVF does not follow these three steps making them wrong and not allowed within the Catholic Church and this is why this couple had such a hard time making a decision. The Catholic Church sees adoption as a good thing and this is another way of being able to have a child even if it is not actually theirs.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb . . .. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. “Psalm 139:13, 15.”
“I tell you, unless you repent and become as humble as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever humbles themselves as this little child will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever receives one little child in my name receives me” (Matthew 18:1 to 5).
These bible passages show that having a baby should only be done naturally or done in another method such as adoption because if other forms of fertilisation occurred then it wouldn’t be seen as natural to the church and it isn’t accepted and wouldn’t be accepted by God.
This link is what the Catholic Church believes about IVF, it was released on the 12th of December 2008. In the church document in the link above it states that couples must be married, conception must occur through normal intercourse and the embryo must be treated with respect meaning that no other forms of fertilisation should occur other than natural. IVF does not follow these three steps making them wrong and not allowed within the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church also doesn’t like it because embryos might be thrown away. They believe that couples that are infertile should not partake in IVF but to consider adoption if they wish to still have children.
IVF is when the eggs are removed from the female’s ovaries and combined with the male’s sperm in a dish and in the dish fertilisation occurs. Through this a baby is conceived and thousands of people have been using this method since 1978. It has become more popular overtime; as there are now more homosexuals, single parents and families struggling to conceive using this method. Around 20% of couple is struggling to conceive children. IVF can work but some issues have occurred when using this method to conceive. Some of these issues are that babies are more at risk of birth defects than naturally conceived babies; it is not proven to be effective for people that have unexplained fertility, infection and ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome.
IVF can affect the individual in many ways; it can affect their emotional, social, spiritual, physical and economic wellbeing. This is because women can feel upset about losing the baby and all the money spent on the treatment that didn’t work. It can affect their social as they may not want to see their family or friends due to trying everything and having it not work. It can affect their spiritual as it may make them lose touch with what they believe in since IVF did not work for them. Therefore, if IVF doesn’t work it could affect them in different ways, but if it does work then all of this would be affected positively. Research has shown that women who go through with the IVF process have a stronger emotional connection with their child and enjoy being a mother more.
This video explains how in vitro fertilisation (IVF) works and how the demand for it is getting higher as there is more homosexuals, single parents and families that are struggling to conceive. It first shows people the natural way reproduction works and how they use this in the process on in vitro fertilisation.