[notice]In Vitro Fetilisation (IVF) has become a fairly common procedure and a lifeline for many infertile couples. But is there more to this practice than meets the eye? DIANNE STEVEN sounds the alarm on medical, ethical and legal problems associated with IVF. In the first article of a 4-part series she discusses the “abortion link”.[/notice]
Costa Rica is the only country in the world which bans in vitro fertilisation (IVF).This small, predominantly Roman Catholic country in Central America says that IVF breaches the American Convention on Human Rights, which states: “Every person has the right to have his life respected. This right shall be protected by law and, in general, from the moment of conception. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.”
While no other nation shares Costa Rica’s legal stance, there are many people around the world who recognise that there is medical, scientific and biblical evidence that from the moment of conception the zygote created is a living person. However many of these people are unaware of exactly what takes place during IVF and how it impacts on zygotes who they recognise as living, human beings.
IVF involves the use of ovulation or fertility drugs. Successful IVF usually requires the fertilisation of multiple eggs – some may not fertilise or develop normally after fertilisation. After retrieval of the egg/s, doctors examine them and decide which of them hold the most potential for a successful pregnancy and the most motile sperm are then added to the eggs in an incubator. The following day, doctors visually confirm fertilisation if they can see two pronuclei. In most cases, they’re observed for two to three days to determine if the development is normal and the resulting healthy embryo/s are transferred to the woman’s uterus. If the embryo/s do attach to the uterine wall, a positive pregnancy test will result, otherwise the zygote (human being) is aborted.
In IVF, doctors typically create multiple embryos and then only implant the healthiest ones. Some of them stick and grow, and some don’t. The embryos that don’t make it to the womb are either frozen for later use or destroyed (killed).
IVF comes with its own unique set of risks. Many people have replaced the truth about IVF’s damaging and destructive processes with the widely accepted notion that conceiving via IVF helps couples with fertility problems and promotes the growth and importance of a family unit.
Here are some talking points on this controversial issue that tend to slip through the cracks:
IVF promotes the discarding of “extra” human embryos – or developing humans. IVF usually entails the creation of multiple human embryos to ensure a greater chance of successful implantation. These human embryos are then screened for genetic disorders, handicaps and sometimes even a particular gender. The “undesirable” embryos are discarded (killed). Normally, an IVF practitioner transfers around four of the selected embryos into a woman’s uterus. If more than one (or two) successfully implant, a physician will selectively abort (kill) the remaining embryos. This selective mentality leads to the death of little humans based on their gender, physical and mental handicaps, and how many exist simultaneously.
IVF often results in the conception of multiples, which in turn results in selective abortions after implantation. Additionally, a mother pregnant with multiple children is naturally put in the category of high-risk pregnancy. All too often, unchosen embryos are destroyed, thrown out, or washed down the sink ( killed). Therefore, even if a pro-life woman refusing selective abortion carries all IVF-created children, the procedure can create a dangerous situation for herself and her babies.
In each IVF cycle if more embryos are “created” than can be implanted into the uterus of the mother, then the excess embryos are either frozen, for later use, or used in scientific research or discarded; both of the latter are abortion!
IVF fosters the idea that we can have whatever we want, whenever we want, however we want it, leaving our all knowing God out of the picture.
- In Part 2 of this IVF Series, which will be published next week, Dianne Steven writes about IVF-related health risks to babies and mothers. The writer is a registered nurse and midwife, and has a Bachelors degree in Ministry. She has been involved in missions, prison work, ministering to gangsters and drug addicts, and been involved in pro-life work, for the last 20 years.