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In Vitro’s Deadly Toll

Moral inconsistency in the pro-life movement

August 5, 2022  0

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As the pro-life world basks in the fall of Roe, there remains a blatant contradiction that has yet to be addressed.

In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Paul Murano looks at the largely ignored slaughter of countless human beings through in vitro fertilization.

More human beings are killed each year by in vitro fertilization, or IVF, than by abortion. In fact, studies indicate it could be millions more.

The human cost of manufacturing babies for infertile couples has largely been ignored. Millions of human beings are killed each year due to the IVF process. And after 40 years, one can't help wondering — Where is the outcry, and where are the court cases?

IVF includes harvesting 10 to 20 of a woman's eggs, creating an excess number of embryos in a dish, and implanting usually one or two of these human beings into the woman's womb, hoping the pregnancy will take.

Narrator, Yale Medicine: "Under ultrasound guidance, the catheter is gently guided to the cervix and into the uterine cavity, where the embryo or embryos are placed."

According to the CDC, around 4 million births annually in the U.S. are children created through in vitro fertilization. A recent study published by Yale University School of Medicine shows these babies are only 5% of the human beings created in the nation's IVF labs.

The other 95% die by five different ways: being intentionally discarded, failing to implant within the woman, being aborted when multiple embryos survive the transfer into her womb, being given for scientific research, or being thawed from the suspended animation of freezer bins.

The desecration of God's image is unimaginable.

Why is all this carnage ignored by many so-called pro-lifers? Perhaps the good intent of infertile couples blinds them to Christian moral principles. Evil may never be done in order that good may result.

IVF's unimaginable death toll isn't even the primary reason the Church condemns the practice. The fundamental principle violated is the same one for contraception — that one can never separate the unitive- and procreative significance of the marriage act. With contraception, it attempts union without procreation; and with IVF, it's procreation without union.

Catholic moralists confirm every child has a right to come into being according to divine and natural law, as the fruit of the one-flesh union between spouses.

Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D., director of education, National Catholic Bioethics Center: "Conception outside the body; that is not how we are meant to bring new human life into the world."

Infertile couples live a hardship that can be very painful. But procreative technologies that replace the marital act are a grave moral disorder that usurps the authority of God — often causing more death than life.

The controversy continues over what to do with the millions of human embryos languishing in IVF freezing bins who've been abandoned by their parents. So-called embryo adoption, still debated by theologians, persists as one potential solution.

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