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Sunday School: Christian Ethics (Pt 16.5: Infertility, Reproductive Technologies, and Adoption)

November 13, 2022 Speaker: Alex Bloomfield Series: Sunday School: Christian Ethics

How do biblical principles help us evaluate modern reproductive technologies, particularly artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, embryo adoption, and surrogate motherhood? Why does the Bible view adoption so positively?


A. INFERTILITY

1. Infertility in the Old and New Testaments.
2. A Feeling of Grief in Childlessness.


B. THREE MORAL PRINCIPLES TO CONSIDER IN RELATION TO REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY


1. Modern Medicine in General Is Morally Good.
2. We Should Treat the Unborn Child as a Human Person from the Moment of Conception.
3. God Intends That a Child Should Be Conceived by a Man and Woman Who Are Married to Each Other


C. SOME MODERN REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES ARE MORALLY ACCEPTABLE

1. Artificial Insemination by Husband (AIH).


2. In Vitro Fertilization without Destruction of Embryos.

In most cases, couples going through in vitro fertilization where multiple embryos are created can indicate one of the following options for the handling of any remaining embryos:

       1. Freezing (cryopreservation) of unimplanted embryos for use by the couple in any future treatment cycles.
       2. Anonymously donating the embryos for use by other infertile couples. (See the section on “Embryo Adoption” below.)
       3. Allowing the embryos to develop in the laboratory until they perish, at which time they are discarded, which is usually within six to eight days of collection.

3. Embryo Adoption.

4. Pre-Fertilization Genetic Screening for Genetic Diseases.


D. OTHER MODERN REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES ARE MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE

1. In Vitro Fertilization with Selective Reduction.
2. Artificial Insemination by Donor (AID).
3. Surrogate Motherhood?
4. Cloning.


E. ADOPTION