Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Catholics and Infertility Treatments

A St. Louis Post Dispatch article on February 16 outlines guidance on using reproductive technology approved by US bishops.

The Center's Francis Chair, Glenn McGee, is quoted extensively in this story.

"American Catholics are no more going to listen to this than they listen to the church about birth control," said Glenn McGee, a scholar at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City.

McGee said Pope Benedict XVI had begun "to play hardball" with American Catholics who flout church teaching on assisted reproductive technologies by issuing a 2008 document called Dignitas Personae, or the Dignity of the Person.

The document reaffirmed church teaching that human dignity should begin at the moment of conception, and that the only morally acceptable method of procreation is "an act which expresses the reciprocal love" between a wife and husband.

What do you think?



Blogger Practical Bioethics said...

Glenn's statement is way too broad: speaking as an observer outside of but with ties to the Roman Catholic Church, that may be true of some Catholics, but by no means all.

Many will listen carefully to their Bishops and follow their wise guidance.

+ Irl Gladfelter

Thursday, February 18, 2010  

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