Greetings fellow bloggers,
I wanted to add this blog as I have been reading about reproductive technologies in my Christian Ethics class. Meanwhile, someone that I love and care about just recently shared with me that they have been in the process of trying to have a baby through using IVF. I know others that have successfully used this process to have children. I find myself mixed on what I think about it and yet it is such a significant area that I think I need to press through to try to sort it out and come to a conclusion on what I believe God's mind is on the matter. Right now I think I believe that it is a medical provision that is acceptable to use for those that desire a child and are not able to for various medical reasons. I think the embryos should be used for adoption purposes if they are not used by the couple that produced them.
Hollinger (2002) states that "Most of the great ethical issues grappled with today are somehow related to our technological sophistication. Our capabilities to create and manufacture outpace our moral sensibilities" (p. 95). How true this is! And, I believe that just because we can do something doesn't necessarily mean that we should. Davis (2004) notes that "the judgement of Protestant ethicist Pual Ramsey would appear to be sound: "A small risk of grave induced injury is still a morally unacceptable risk." Further research is needed to establish definitively the safety of in vitro fertilization for those conceived in this manner. Until such evidence is available, IVF represents a form of experimentation exposing human subjects to as yet unknown risks".
The medical abilities that we have today I believe are God's blessings and that they are available for us to use them.
I am hesitant to even write about this because I would never want to offend anyone or create any controversial discussion but with that said, I realize there will likely be some strong and differing opinions.
Thanks for giving me your thoughts on the question.
John Jefferson Davis. Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today. Third Edition. Revised and Expanded. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company. 2004.
Dennis P. Hollinger. Choosing the Good: Christian Ethics in a Complex World. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2002.