“The House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow
federal dollars to go toward research on stem cell lines created from
donated embryos left over from in-vitro fertilization [IVF]
“The bill is headed to the Senate, but President Bush has vowed to
veto the measure to prevent it from becoming law.”
– Annie Schleicherm, NewsHour
I watched the debate between two senators on the news hour. The main
point for the pro side: the “extra” IVF embryos would be
destroyed anyway. The con side: Americans who find the research morally
unacceptable should not have their tax money used on this effort. One
thing not mentioned was the morality of IVF itself. Breeching this topic
would surmount political suicide for any politician. However, every
pro-life individual should find IVF morally reprehensible.
My problems with IVF:
1. Creating and eventually destroying some children to birth some
other(s) (in many cases birthing more than originally thought (2-8)).
2. There are children to adopt. Adopt instead of resorting to IVF.
[This point needs to be emphasized more. IVF is a very selfish
procedure. There are countless children in need of homes. We should
look to them before playing with petri dishes. – Funky]
3. It removes the love aspect of marital consummation (love and openness
to life required).
How can we bring about debate on the morality (legality?) of IVF in general?