st. peter basilica 2-smallWritten by: Theresa Gilbert

Following the Nobel prize for medicine being given to Robert Edwards for his in vitro fertilization (IVF) work, the Vatican came out against the decision.

The focus of the criticism is that because of this man’s work, we now have “freezers full of embryos”, as well as “confusion of assisted procreation: children with four or five parents, babies born from their grandmothers.”

The critics of the Vatican’s concerns dismiss these very important issues and focus on the fact that thousands of people throughout the world have been able to have children because of IVF.

I certainly sympathize with any couple who is struggling with infertility. But I also know, from personal experience, that there are natural ways to treat infertility that respect the wife, husband, and child. It does not involve creating new human life, only to destroy it. I am, of course referring to Natural Family Planning (NFP).

My observations with society is that we’ve become accustomed to getting what we want when we want and when we don’t get it we will do whatever it takes to get it. I am sure the majority of couples using IVF are well intentioned. But, I don’t think they understand the implications of their decision –namely, that to get their child, they have to create more than the one that is born. I also don’t think they are aware of the other alternatives.

Learn more about NFP with these links:

Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Centre


Home of the Pope Paul VI Institute

Education programs of the Institute

The home page for the FertilityCare™ Centers of America (FCCA) with directory of FertilityCare affiliates.

The home page for the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals

The home page of Dr. Phil Boyle, FertilityCare™ for Europe and Ireland.



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