Infertility is a painful reality for many individuals and couples. Assisted reproductive technologies (A.R.T.) are becoming increasingly more popular for infertile couples desperate to conceive.
There are several options to start a family if individuals or couples are unable to have children naturally. While adoption is one of the alternatives, many still want to have a biological connection with their children. This desire has moved some of them to opt in for In vitro fertilization (IVF) and Surrogacy.
However, there has been a lot of ethical and moral controversies surrounding these issues in Christian Communities.
Let’s look at what Rev. Mark E. Lones wrote on a Christian ethical perspective on surrogacy.
“The Conservative Ethic espouses the standard that procreation must be reserved to the unity of married spouses within the intimacy of conjugal acts. In order to preserve their dignity and personal nature, children should have a fully human origin. In other words, it is ethically unacceptable to separate procreation from the integrally personal context of the conjugal act between a husband and wife.
The Permissive Ethic, on the other hand, says that as long as due process and informed consent by informed adults is guided by proper contracts, any surrogacy is permissible. In the name of individual liberties/rights and autonomy, any adult should be able to contract with any other individual and use any alternative reproductive procedure in order to produce a child. Thus surrogacy, in any manner, is moral/ ethical. The burden of proof of the immorality of surrogacy supposedly lies with those who would limit surrogacy.
The Modified Permissive Ethic recognizes that procreation must be reserved only to heterosexual couples within a marriage relationship. This ethic attempts to negotiate a middle ground by allowing for surrogacy in a limited fashion. This moral standard would permit gestational surrogacy by a third party individual provided the egg is supplied by the wife and is fertilized in vitro with the husband’s sperm. (i.e. – Gestational surrogacy with intended embryo (GS/IE); and, as long as due process and informed consent by informed adults is guided by proper contracts. The embryo is transferred into the uterus of the surrogate mother who then would gestate the child. The Modified Permissive Ethic attempts to recognize the importance of genetic and psychological relationship of a child and his/her parents.”
Do you believe that single unmarried women should have babies using a sperm bank if they are getting too old?
What does the Bible say about IVF and Surrogacy?
Are they acceptable Christian practices? What are the moral and ethical considerations regarding this issue?
How should unmarried single women who don’t have children approach the situation?
Should what transpired between Abraham, Sarah and Hagar be considered surrogacy?
Do you agree with Benedicta’s ideas and convictions on this, watch?