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…
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.
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…
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…
by Alana S.
[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…
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…
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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…