- IVF – In Vitro Fertilisation (in glass): Egg and sperm are brought together in a test-tube. Embryo is put back inside the woman’s body.
- AI – Artificial Insemination: Sperm is collected and placed in the woman’s uterus artificially.
- AIH – Artificial Insemination (Husband): Artificial Insemination using the husband’s healthy sperm.
- AID – Artificial Insemination (Donor) Artificial Insemination using an anonymous donor’s sperm, e.g. if the husband’s sperm are not healthy, or a woman has no partner.
- Surrogacy – If a woman cannot have children, her husband’s sperm is used to impregnate another woman – a 3rd party. She gives birth and hands the baby back to the couple.
Some Christians believe that life is a gift from God, not a right or something we can demand. Others argue that infertility is a medical problem, and that if doctors can treat it, we have a right to expect treatment.
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Christian views for/against IVF and AI
- It brings happiness to people who would not be able to have children.
- If life comes from God, anything that creates new life must be good.
- It can create loving families.
- Most loving action is to offer medical help and to use these God-given gifts of healing.
- God chooses whether people have babies or not, as it is a gift.
- God may have chosen these people to devote their lives to other kinds of Christian work.
- It goes against “natural law” to create a child in any way other than through sex.
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