The mother of octuplets versus her doctor. Who should choose? Whom should society support?

Bioethics, Woman's Health
A recent editorial here in Colorado Springs reported: An unemployed, divorced woman with six children - living with her bankrupt parents in their teensy weensy home - gave birth to eight babies after having fertilized eggs implanted in her uterus. At least one of her older six children has autism. For a variety of reasons, people are scandalized. Most people have religious or moral objections to this multiple birth. It's hard to believe these children will get the care they need without becoming responsibilities of the state. It's hard to imagine they won't suffer.  Yet, as shocking as it sounds, there are many who say that her right to this travesty outweighs her doctor’s right to refuse to participate. Does this make any sense? More Information: (more…)
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‘One egg’ IVF strategy launched

Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health, Woman's Health
According to the BBC, fertility experts in Great Britain have called for a dramatic cut in the number of twins born after IVF treatment. IVF clinics in the UK will be expected to reduce the number of multiple births from a national average of one in four to 10% over the next three years. It will mean increasing the proportion of women who have a single embryo transferred back into their womb. My Take? (more…)
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Health Care Providers Told Their Faith is Irrelevant

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health
According to a report on CitizenLinke.org, the Supreme Court in California recently heard a case that pitted homosexual rights against religious freedom. At the center of the case was a lesbian who sued two doctors who declined to provide in vitro fertilization (IVF). The doctors were concerned about conducting IVF for someone who would be a single parent. Even though they referred the lesbian to another fertility doctor and offered to pay for any extra cost, the court is likely to rule against the freedom of the doctors to follow their consciences. My Take? (more…)
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