In my experience, most people have never considered the range of consequences of IVF (in vitro fertilization). For this reason, many who are aware of the Catholic Church’s moral opposition to IVF find the objection to be strange, and, almost as a consequence, decide that it must be an unjust objection. So, here’s the one line, if nothing else, people ought to remember: The foremost reason why IVF is immoral is that it invariably leads to the conception of numerous lives who will be killed. Each instance of IVF always involves the fertilization of many eggs. All but a few of those resultant human lives–‘human’ by virtue of their DNA and ‘lives’ because they satisfy the biological definition–will be terminated.
It’s also worth noting that many people who receive IVF “treatments” conceive multiple children and then choose to destroy a baby or two because the couple only wanted a single child. This means that abortion is often a result of IVF, and, as if it wasn’t already apparent, human lives are treated as a commodity. Slavery, which does the same, atleast entails life.–Yes, I am saying that every person with proper mental competency who deliberately participates in abortions is doing something worse, far worse, than enslaving people.
Given all of that, here are a few facts worth considering, regardless of one’s recognition of the inherent evil of IVF [emphasis my own]:
An Australian study, published in the journal, Fertility and Sterility found that women who went through the IVF procedure around their 24th birthday were found to have a 56% greater chance of developing breast cancer than those in the same age group who went through treatments without IVF.
The findings were based on data from 21,025 women between the ages of 20 and 40 who went through fertility treatment at the hospitals of Western Australia between 1983 and 2002.
These are only the latest of many studies that have revealed dangers involved with ART. “Assisted conception carries a slightly increased risk of adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes,” said a press release published early June by England’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
The statement noted that in developed countries, up to 4% of all children are born after ART.
The use of ART is often associated with multiple babies, but the RCOG warned “even singleton pregnancies carry a heightened risk of hypertensive disease, diabetes, prematurity, low birth weight and a higher perinatal mortality even after taking into account age, parity or fetal sex.”
“In addition, recent studies have shown a link between children born from ART and increased congenital malformation rates,” the press release added.
And that’s just the beginning; there’s more (via ZENIT).