Posts Tagged ‘invitro fertilization’

The painful pursuit of high-tech babies

July 25th, 2013 Comments off
Many women are deferring childbearing until they have the perfect partner and an established career. It’s a big mistake.

While an estimated 5 million babies have been born with the help of ART since 1978, millions more couples have experienced the failure of this still fragile science. Miriam Zoll, an American human rights activist, found herself whirling around on the IVF merry-go-round at the age of 42. She chronicles this time in her recent book, Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High Tech Bagbies. MercatorNet interviewed her by email about her experiences.  Read more…

IVF: a dangerous deviation from nature?

July 17th, 2013 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

With in-vitro fertilization (IVF), some infertile couples have seen a way to have children that nature has apparently denied them. Using this technology, some single women and lesbian couples have seen a way to have children without marital ties to a man. Regardless of motives, women resorting to IVF may be running unrecognized cancer risks. Read more…

The No-Frills’ IVF for just $250

July 17th, 2013 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

A new development in IVF technology may make this normally costly treatment much more affordable to infertile couples worldwide. The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail reports that researchers in Belgium have developed an embryo culture method that costs around £170 (about $255) and so far appears to be just as effective as traditional IVF methods. Read more…

Why the UK should reject three-parent embryos

July 3rd, 2013 Comments off
British stem cell scientists have scored a big win by securing government approval for a scheme to avoid rare diseases. This will do far more harm than good.

The media was buzzing last week with the news that Britain is planning to become the first country in the world to offer controversial “three-parent” fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on mitochondrial diseases to their children. Read more…

The other controversial legacy

April 16th, 2013 Comments off

by Michael Cook

Robert Edwards, the inventor of IVF, died two days after Margaret Thatcher. History may show that his impact was even greater than hers.

The creator of the first IVF baby, 2010 Nobel Laureate Robert Edwards, died last week. Obituaries and eulogies by colleagues, friends and admirers spoke of a passionate man with boundless energy, driven by a desire to bring happiness to infertile couples. Since he is directly responsible for the birth of some five million children since the first IVF baby in 1978, his legacy is worth pondering. Read more…

Mind, Body, Soul.

February 4th, 2013 Comments off


[Editor's note: Alana uses "3PR" here short for "third party reproduction," which refers to conceiving a child via sperm or egg donation or surrogacy]

Last night I went to a lecture by Robert P. George on What is Marriage?  and I wanted to share some of the thought nuggets I found helpful and pertinent. We often talk here about the culture wars going on in this country. We fight about gay marriage, abortion, euthanasia, 3PR… I go to a luncheon and hear a woman speak of her and her lesbian partner and their deep, passionate desire to get married. In defending why they should have the right to do so they first and most forcefully reveal that they have a son they’re raising, born using one woman’s eggs, the other woman’s womb, and someone else’s sperm- a man that has been excluded and banished from the family. Read more…

My Three Daddies: California Eyes Multiple Parenting Law

July 5th, 2012 Comments off

More craziness from California:

California, the battleground state for the arguments for and against same-sex marriage, is now considering an unconventional law that would allow children to be legally granted more than two parents. Read more…

Change of heart

April 23rd, 2012 Comments off

by Anthony J. Caruso

In 2010 an eminent Chicago IVF doctor left his practice of creating babies in Petri dishes. This is his story.

Dr Anthony J. Caruso is a Chicago doctor who worked in the field of in vitro fertilisation for 15 years before he quit in 2010. We interviewed him by email about the reasons for his change of heart. Read more…

Babies without Sex

April 23rd, 2012 Comments off

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President

This article was first published March 7, 2012 at

Last December I was invited to tape a show for Dr. Oz, which aired in January of 2012. It is hard to explain what it’s like to tape a show in front of a live audience. There are all the pragmatic realities—such as the very early wake-up call for hair and make-up, show prep, hours of waiting and the sobering fact that you cannot fully control your message. Read more…

IVF: Is This Really Good for the Children?

January 4th, 2012 Comments off


I have heard countless times that parents that undergo in vitrofertilization (IVF) must love their children so very much to go through such an expensive and invasive process to have children.  I have no doubt that parents undergoing IVF believe they are doing what is best, but looking at the realities of IVF that many parents are not aware of, one has to wonder if IVF is really about the children at all. Read more…