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Fertility Treatments

  1. 1. Fertility Treatments
  2. 2. Key Words for FT <ul><li>Gamete = sperm or egg cell </li></ul><ul><li>Embryo = unborn baby </li></ul><ul><li>Sanctity of life = idea that life is precious and holy and a gift from God </li></ul><ul><li>AID, AIH, IVF – see next slides </li></ul><ul><li>Egg/embryo donation – see next slides </li></ul><ul><li>Surrogacy – see next slides </li></ul>
  3. 3. Fertility Treatment <ul><li>Fertility treatment is any medical procedure that helps someone have a baby who could not have one without medical help. </li></ul><ul><li>In the UK there are many types available and they can be used for couples or single people. </li></ul><ul><li>Christians have a wide range of views from being in favour to very against FT. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>IVF (in vitro fertilisation) – the egg and sperm are brought together to form an embryo outside the body and then implanted into the woman’s womb. The egg and sperm may come from the couple who want the baby or from donors. </li></ul><ul><li>AIH - artificial insemination by husband. This means any form of treatment where the sperm used to fertilise the egg is provided by the husband of the woman having the baby. </li></ul><ul><li>AID – artificial insemination by donor. This means any form of treatment where the sperm used to fertilise the egg is provided by another man, not the man who will eventually bring up the child. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Egg donation – where the egg is provided by a woman who is not the one who will bring up the child. </li></ul><ul><li>Embryo donation – the embryo is donated by a couple who have “spare” ones left over after successful IVF treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Surrogacy – the child is carried by another woman and then given to the couple to bring up. This can be combined with other forms of FT eg egg, sperm or embryo donation. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Christian arguments against FT <ul><li>Donation of gametes (egg or sperm) is like adultery as it introduces a third person into the couple’s marriage. </li></ul><ul><li>God may mean couples to remain childless for a reason eg to do missionary work </li></ul><ul><li>Sanctity of life – God should be the one to decide if a couple have children or not </li></ul><ul><li>The child will not know who its biological parents are </li></ul>
  7. 7. Christian Arguments for FT <ul><li>“Go forth and have many children” – the Bible encourages people to be fertile </li></ul><ul><li>Compassion – “Love your neighbour as yourself” – if you were desperate to have children you too would want FT </li></ul><ul><li>If God wanted people to remain infertile, He would not have made FT possible </li></ul>