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Reproductive Technology

Although various forms of reproductive technology seem to be at the service of human life and are frequently used with this intention, they actually open the door to new threats against life.

Apart from the fact that they are morally unacceptable, since they separate procreation from the fully human context of marital intercourse, (IVF & other reproductive technologies) many techniques are also unjust towards human embryos: they may expose them to an unacceptably high risk of death, or if they survive as ‘excess embryos’, to further indignities such as cryopreservation (freezing), embryo donation, surrogacy, or experimentation (cf. Evangelium Vitae, 14).  Reproductive technology also undermines our understanding of the inherent value of every human life by subjecting embryonic and foetal human beings to quality and quantity controls, screening and selection.

“It is true that approximately a third of women who have recourse to artificial procreation succeed in having a baby. It should be recognized, however, that given the proportion between the total number of embryos produced and those eventually born, the number of embryos sacrificed is extremely high.  These losses are accepted by the practitioners of in vitro fertilization as the price to be paid for positive results. In reality, it is deeply disturbing that research in this area aims principally at obtaining better results in terms of the percentage of babies born to women who begin the process, but does not manifest a concrete interest in the right to life of each individual embryo.” (Dignitas Personae, 14)

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