Posts Tagged ‘invitro fertilization’

Motherhood at 40: how women came to believe a modern myth

June 5th, 2014 Comments off

It’s time the media and sex education told the truth about women’s fertility.

by Miriam Zoll

In a recent PBS “To the Contrary” show about the infertility industry, host Bonnie Erbe` asked: Why did Miriam Zoll wait until age 40 to try to become a mother? Here is my response. Read more…

Celebrities Endorse a New Product: Children as Commodities

May 23rd, 2014 Comments off

COMMENTARY: Redefining marriage and family at the recent Fertility Planit conference in Los Angeles.


This article was first published April 18, 2014, at

Men and women on the front lines of the culture war have been saying for some time that the next step after redefining marriage will be redefining parenthood. The next arena for “choice,” they predicted, will be not just the negative “choice” of deciding to not be a mother, but the positive “choice” to become a mother. “When I am good and ready to become a parent,” the mantra will become, “I am entitled to have my dream baby, on my own terms.” Read more…

Surrogate motherhood creates an ethical minefield

May 13th, 2014 Comments off

A gay couple’s government-funded IVF twins have created a storm of controversy in Canada.

by Margaret Somerville

The announcement by Quebec radio host Joel Legendre that, later this summer, he and his male partner, Junior Bombardier, would become the parents of twin baby girls has received much media attention. It’s reported that the babies were conceived using “an ovum bought from an American [gamete] bank” (if only one ovum was used, they are identical twins, if two, they are sibling twins) and are being carried by a Quebec surrogate mother, who became pregnant though in vitro fertilization (IVF) paid for by the Quebec government healthcare fund (RAMQ). What ethical issues does this scenario raise? Read more…

IVF’s tarnished halo

May 9th, 2014 Comments off

A horror story from Utah shows the crumbling ethical foundations of the assisted reproduction industry.

by Michael Cook

After five million children, IVF is no longer controversial. Creating children in a Petri dish for infertile couples is regarded as so splendid a Good Deed that the scientist who created the technique, Robert Edwards, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2010. Read more…

Fertility treatment pioneer calls for caution

March 17th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

The renowned Lord Winston of Hammersmith is in New Zealand at the moment visiting schools to educate students about infertility and the dangers of waiting too long to have children.  It’s interesting – and a little ironic – that the fertility expert, who pioneered IVF while it was still in its trial stages, is now warning that the rapid advance in reproductive technologies is making people too complacent about having children.  He argues that many such technologies are, in reality, not very effective and cannot beat nature or the ticking reproductive clock.   In fact he goes so far as to contend that it is often an immoral industry which provides a soul-destroying experience for young couples who are desperate to have a baby and are driven to do things like re-mortgage their houses to afford the hugely expensive treatment.  Read more…

When to bite the bullet and have a baby

March 6th, 2014 Comments off

Though this article is about New Zealand, doubtlessly these facts are true in the U.S. and many other places, sadly.

by Shannon Roberts

Statistics released this week show that women in New Zealand between the ages of 35 and 39 are having more babies than women aged 20 – 24 for the first time.  In fact, the average age of first time mothers in New Zealand is now one of the highest in the developed world.  The number of babies born in 2013 in New Zealand was also the lowest number since 2003, down 4% from 2012. Read more…

Think Again: Third Party Reproduction Study Guide Now Available

January 6th, 2014 Comments off

From the CBC:

Film has been an essential part of our work over the past three years. Our 2011 award winning documentary, Eggsploitation, which showcases the stories of women who were seriously harmed selling their eggs has now been screened on over 50 college and university campuses and sold into over 30 countries. Our 2012 follow-up, Anonymous Father’s Day, which features young adult children conceived through anonymous sperm donation has also been widely popular and we’re anticipating even more success with the release of our film on surrogacy, Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, which is scheduled for release later this month. Read more…

Modern Families and the Messes We Make

January 4th, 2014 Comments off

by Jennifer Lahl

This article was first published at on November 1, 2013.

Assistive reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization not only involve serious medical risks, they also disrupt family life and commodify human beings. Read more…

Donor egg pregnancies on the rise, US study finds

October 24th, 2013 Comments off

By LINDSEY TANNER | Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women are increasingly using donated eggs to get pregnant, with often good results, although the ideal outcome — a single baby born on time at a healthy weight — is still uncommon, a study found.

That ideal result occurred in about 1 out of 4 donor egg pregnancies in 2010, up from 19 percent a decade earlier, the study found. Read more…

Science Creates First “Perfect” Baby; Terminates Inferior Specimens

August 12th, 2013 Comments off


Over a dozen embryos (fertilized eggs: human beings) are tested, and the victor (the embryo with the least flaws) is chosen to be born. This is seriously disturbing material. This is something out of a science fiction movie. Parents are choosing which of their already fertilized children is allowed to live, while leaving the remaining—apparently inferior, and therefore subject to death—to be terminated. This determination is made based on genetic testing. It’s IVA: In Vitro Abortion.