Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
June 8, 2009
High-tech baby dangers sounded
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS
OTTAWA - The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) is warning about the dangers the production of high-tech babies poses to society.
In its latest booklet: High-Tech Babies: Exploring New Challenges To Human Dignity, COLF explores infertility treatments, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in light of Catholic teaching and the latest social science research. "By separating procreation from the marital act, these reproductive technologies depersonalize and dehumanize procreation," the booklet says. "The child is no longer a miraculous gift flowing from a couple's complete and mutual surrender of love."
The booklet outlines some of the dangers fertility drugs pose to women, such as the increased likelihood of multiple pregnancies.
IVF can lead to pelvic infection, ectopic pregnancies and is not as successful as many believe, it says.
COLF offers compassion for infertile couples and explains what medical treatments are in line with Catholic teaching.
SOMETHING OR SOMEONE?
"Is the human embryo a something or a someone?" the booklet asks, pointing out that each human being is to be respected and treated as a person from the moment of conception.
COLF warns PGD "opens the door to a new form of eugenics," and contributes to a society that already discriminates against those judged unfit.
"One set of human beings now make the decision over which other human beings will live or die, as well as selecting the genetic makeup of those who will live," it says.
The booklet also explains how the use of donor sperm or eggs and surrogate pregnancy is contrary to Catholic teaching. It points to studies that show donor-conceived children face emotional challenges concerning their origins.
COLF also explains what is legal and illegal according to Canadian law on assisted human reproduction.
God has a plan for infertile couples, the booklet says. "Often infertile couples may find an unexpected invitation hidden in their struggle, a call they would not otherwise have considered," it says.
This includes adoption or foster-parenting.
The booklet is available in French and English via COLF's website:www.colf.ca.
It may be ordered via telephone at 613 241-9461 or by mail at: COLF, 2500 Don Reid Drive, Ottawa, ON K1H 2J2