Sunday, January 30, 2011


Amusing blasphemy, that is. :)

But in all seriousness, here's a great article sent to me by a fellow Catholic infertile. And although I am no theologian, I am very well versed in my faith. And because of that, quotes like this make me nuts:

In 1987, the Vatican released Instructions on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation, a position paper devised to explain the Church's stance on several medical procedures. In it, the Papacy describes IVF — which results in the creation and destruction of embryos — as a "dynamic of violence and domination."

Yes, IVF results in the creation and possible destruction of embryos. Note how I added "possible". Why? Because not every IVF necessarily results in this. Some women only get 2 embryos out of an IVF cycle. And such a woman PRAYS that those 2 will implant & grow when they are transferred, however this is not guaranteed. We have experienced TREMENDOUS amounts of heartache trying to have children. More often than not, we have also handed over huge amount of money in the hopes of becoming a parent. Our goal most certainly IS NOT destruction of embryos. I just don't get why the Vatican would think that?!?!?

Regardless of how one tries to build a family, this much I know: it is done out of love. And isn't that the greatest gift of all? At least that's what I remember from CCD.


Rheed said...

IVF may result in the possible destruction of embryos but conciving naturally does too - whether they don't implant or the cells don't replicated normally or a miscarriage occurs. Lots of embryos are created but only a portion of those ever make it to a live birth. BTW, I'm Catholic too. :)

Mrs J said...

Ugh, I cannot stand the dogma of the Catholic Church - and just for the record, I was raised as a Catholic (but haven't been a follower for many years now)

I agree with Rheed - natural conception also results in the possible destruction of an embryo - it's called miscarriage.

IVF is designed to create as many viable embryos as possible and by selecting the best embryos the fertility specialists are giving those embryos the best chance at surviving.

I thought the immaculate conception happened before the Romans, and it was nowhere near Rome anyway? *confused*

Kerrik said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for an award. You can see it on my blog page. :)

Anasara said...

@ Rheed: I couldn't agree with you more!

Mrs J: Jerusalem was a Roman province during the time of Christ.

Kerrik: thanks!

kthappy76 said...

Glad I don't let my family planning (or my morals in general) be guided by the Pope and the Catholic Church. So their primary argument is that IVF is wrong because it may lead to other things (egg donation, stem cell research) that they think are wrong? It's like saying that no one should have kids because there are some people who abuse/kill theirs. If I transfer every one of my embryos, what's the problem?