Apr 29 2007
I know I am going to get a hit on my site visits and some heat from my conservative friends but one thing I cannot abide is people selecting one form of human life as valued and another as not. And when it comes from the Catholic Church I am totally disgusted. We have a new massive Church in Loudoun County which I had hoped would bring inspiration and enlightenment. Instead it has brought bigotry and bias.
We have twins, and through that we have become associated a club that is for mothers (and parents) of multiples. It is an important support network on how to deal with all the challenges that come with multiples. Many people with multiples come to that reality by In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). These people looked to science to help them bring love and joy to their lives, and to bring a life into this world. The fact they have more than one blessing never seems to bother these wonderful people.
So when I heard this new church was not recognizing IVF children I was simply stunned. This insanity is the worse than the insanity that pushed my out of the Church in the first place. I could never abide the relegation of women to second class existence. It just irks me no end. Now the Church is compounding this madness with the denial of these good kids. Does that mean these kids cannot be saved? They cannot be confirmed or baptized?
Sorry folks, this is ridiculous. The families of IVF kids are being singled out and ostricized because they brought life into this world in a slightly altered manner than most couples. The biology is exactly the same. The act of creation is the same, it is just happening in different environment. All this news has done for me is remind me why I left the Church and why that was not a bad idea in the end. Women and children of IVF are not lower class life forms.
And there is no way to take a moral stand on abortions of convenience or embryonic stem cell research while ignorantly claiming a IVF child is any different than if they were conceived in the womb (which they are NOT – the same sperm and egg produce the same child womb or in vitro). This is wrong. Scientifically and morally wrong.
A pastor I know has within the past couple of years baptized at least one set of multiple-birth babies resulting from IVF. Although the birth of children is a cause for joy, and receiving those children into the Church is an example of bringing good out of evil, there is a real danger of scandal in such circumstances. Frankly, when triplets or quads result from fertility drugs or IVF, there is no keeping the secret. If, then, the Church is seen as welcoming the children into the world, many will wrongly infer that there is no moral problem with IVF.
This is wrong – and I don’t care how you slice it. Attempts at pregnancy result in death all the time. The combination doesn’t take because it had a flawed result. Now procedures are being developed to eliminate the need for multiple embryos, so there will not have to be unborn embryos. But the same selection process that terminates a genetic disaster works in IVF as normal pregnancies. Again, the child created is EXACTLY the same under either scenario because the DNA dictates the form of the raw individual (which life experiences further molds). So a genetically defective result will not survive in either case. Biology 101.