Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dumpster Diving vs. the True Banquet...where do you want to eat?

An interesting article was sent to me today and I think it's well worth the read and discussion.

Celine Dion's IVF Pregnancy:

I get asked about IVF all the time and why on earth would the Catholic Church which is pro-life, be against the creation of life through IVF? Why would the Catholic Church teach that in-vitro fertilization is intrinsically immoral, even when utilized within a marriage to fertilize eggs harvested from the wife with the husband’s sperm? Why?

To cut to the chase, it is because "They dissociate the sexual act from the procreative act. The act which brings the child into existence is no longer an act by which two persons give themselves to one another, but one that ‘entrusts the life and identity of the embryo into the power of doctors and biologists and establishes the domination of technology over the origin and destiny of the human person. Such a relationship of domination is in itself contrary to the dignity and equality that must be common to parents and children’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 2377).

Furthermore, as the article states, "Along with the moral unacceptability of disassociating the act of conception from the marital sexual act, IVF treatments routinely involve the creation of multiple human embryos, and either the freezing or killing of these so-called “surplus” embryos. The Church condemns both options as grave offenses against the dignity of the human person."

What many well-meaning IVF couples do not know, or in some cases refuse to consider, is that in IVF, multiple individual, unique human beings are created, and the "surplus" embryos are either frozen or discarded, or used for scientific research. This is horrifying.

In Celine's case either the second embryo has been frozen in the Manhattan clinic for NINE YEARS, or it is still frozen, or it was thrown away or used for science. And if this second pregnancy isn't from the original second embryo, then how many other frozen babies could Celine and Rene have at this very moment?

IVF is not all it's cracked up to be. It separates the act of procreation from the marital act of unity and self-gift between a man and a woman, and "entrusts the life and identity of the embryo into the power of doctors and biologists and establishes the domination of technology over the origin and destiny of the human person." If we really knew what we were doing and what was really occurring in IVF, would we still engage in methods that froze or discarded our own children?

While children are certainly a blessing, they are not a right. "Right to life" doesn't mean that you have a "right" to have a little "life" in yours. How far are we willing to go for our selfish desires?

But on the flip side, people are "hungry" and when they know no better and there is no other "food" around, they will dig in the dumpster and devour whatever they can find. In this case, they have found IVF in the "dumpster" because very few people are out there pointing them in the direction of the "banquet" and there are numerous doctors standing by the dumpster, eager to make a profit. I don't condemn or hate IVF couples. I really don't. In most cases they truly do not know what they do and reality behind the process. But I do wish they they would have all the facts in hand and know where the "true banquet" lies.

Why do I blog? This is one reason. To point people in the direction of the true banquet. NaPro Technology. Morally acceptable. No frozen or discarded embryos. No separation of the creation of children from the marital embrace. No stripping of human dignity. Significantly less expensive. Corrects the underlying problems of infertility instead of masking them. And maybe best of is nearly three times MORE effective in achieving a pregnancy than IVF!

My friends, NaPro Technology is the banquet that so many hungry souls are looking for.
Pass it on.

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God bless you!

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.
~Deuteronomy 30:19,20