Posts Tagged ‘invitro fertilization’

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…

IVF Industry’s Cavalier Attitude toward Children

November 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Alana Stewart, Elizabeth Marquardt, Jennifer Lahl, call your offices! Check out this NPR interview with a representative of the IVF industry and Wendy Kramer, founder of one of the sibling donor registries. Listen to Sean Tipton, director of public affairs for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, an organization of reproductive medicine practitioners.

We think everyone is entitled to whatever they want and whatever they agree to, so we think the informed consent process is essential. So everyone needs to understand what the restrictions and rules are or are not, agree to it only if all the parties agree, and don’t have any changes to that agreement unless all the parties agree.

When asked about the fact that children haven’t given their consent to these arrangements, here is his flippant answer:

Well, as far as I know, no one has ever consented to the circumstances of their own conception. I happen to have teenage boys who I suspect currently probably would not consent to me being their father. I don’t know too many teenage boys who would consent to whoever their father is. Read more…

IVF Industry’s Cavalier attitude toward women’s health

November 22nd, 2011 Comments off

According to a  recent study of ovarian cancer ”After 15 years of follow-up, they found that women who had undergone IVF were more than four times as likely those who had not to develop borderline ovarian cancer, a malignancy that is treatable and survivable.”

Now, I would normally think that a four times greater risk of cancer would be cause for concern. Not so.

“This shouldn’t be a cause of concern to women undergoing IVF,” said Flora E. van Leeuwen, the lead author and head of epidemiology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. “We’re talking about in an increased risk of a very rare tumor that is highly treatable.”

That’s assuming that this particular risk is the only risk associated with IVF.  Is that how all known carcinogens are treated?

10 Reasons to Choose NaProTechnology Over InVitro Fertilization

October 24th, 2011 Comments off


For couples that are experiencing infertility, the desire to have a child can be overwhelming. Every month that passes is another missed opportunity. Depression, grief, sadness, and despair eventually set in and at some point most couples become desperate enough to gamble with tens of thousands of dollars on expensive procedures like InVitro Fertilization (IVF) without fully understanding what they are getting themselves into. For the vast majority of couples who try IVF, false hopes turn false, and things that sound too good to be true prove to be so. Read more…

The Church’s Best kept secret: Church Teaching on Infertility Treatment

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

Tonight Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse will interview Katie Elrod. Elrod has been a humanities teacher and administrator in independent schools for over 15 years, and has taught in the Perspectives program at Boston College. She received her BA and MA in philosophy from Boston College, where she was a Lonergan Fellow. Read more…