The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is on the rise in ^our culture as an alternative for couples facing infertility issues and single women ^desiring to have children. Is it right - morally, ethically, biblically - to ^engage this...
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The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is on the rise in ^our culture as an alternative for couples facing infertility issues and single women ^desiring to have children. Is it right - morally, ethically, biblically - to ^engage this new technology? Are there some aspects of ART that are more acceptable ^than others? Outside the Womb: The Ethics of Reproductive Technologies ^addresses the whole issue of "making life", providing valuable information, both ^theologically and scientifically, for Christian couples to reflect upon as they ^consider the various fertility treatments.
A Theology of the Family
Natural Law and Reproductive Technologies
Our ^Legal Tradition and Procreative Freedoms
The Moral Status ^of Fetuses and Embryos
Artificial Insemination and Egg ^Donations
In Vitro Fertilization
Prenatal ^Genetic Testing
Conclusion: ^A Word to Infertile Couples
The use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is rising. Media ^accounts of unnatural multiplies and aging celebrities having children represent ^the exceptions, not the norm. The most common user of reproductive technologies ^today may be an average American couple or single woman unable to have children ^naturally.
As Americans continue to delay child-bearing, and as availability ^of fertility treatments rises, we can expect more and more Christian couples to ^make use of reproductive technologies. But how ethical are such treatments? What ^key issues should couples wrestle with before using any type of assisted procreation? ^These are the kinds of questions medical ethicist Scott Rae and Dr. Joy Riley seek ^to answer in Outside the Womb.
The authors don't condemn ART, but ^they do call Christians to give careful thought to what God intended for the family ^and to the ethical issues involved in various fertility treatments.
SCOTT RAE, Ph.D., is professor of Christian ethics and chair of ^the philosophy of religion and ethics department at Talbot School of Theology. He's ^written six books, including Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics and ^Beyond Integrity: a Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics.
D. ^Joy Riley, M.D., M.A. is board-certified in internal medicine and has a master's ^degree in bioethics from Trinity International University. The executive director ^of The Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture, she writes and speaks on a variety ^of bioethics topics, with special interest in reproductive technologies, medical ^ethics, and stem cell research. She and her husband, an obstetrician/gynecologist, ^have three sons and live in Brentwood, TN.
"Rae and Riley offer a thorough, thoughtful look at the complexities ^of assisted reproduction from philosophical, theological, and scientific points ^of view. This book provides answers to the mind-boggling questions raised by new ^developments in reproductive technology. It's a resource I recommend highly."
The Colson Center for Christian Worldview
"A rare blend of scientific ^information, biblical guidance, and empathy for those struggling with infertility. ^You won't find a better or more readable resource."
David Stevens, MD
Chief ^Executive Officer, Christian Medical and Dental Associations
"In addition ^to the emotional anguish experienced by couples with infertility, the treatment ^options now available through assisted reproduction present them with both a moral ^and scientific minefield. Scott Rae and Joy Riley do a superb job of unraveling ^the mystery and navigating the reader through this minefield."
Gene ^Rudd, MD (obstetrician/gynecologist)
Senior Vice President, Christian Medical ^Association
"If you are looking for moral guidance on assisted reproduction ^that combines empathy with ethics, biblical teaching with contemporary application, ^and simple explanations with profound insights regarding IVF, IUI, GIFT, ZIFT, egg ^donation, surrogate motherhood, and prenatal genetic testing, then you've come to ^the right place. Congratulations to Drs. Rae and Riley for an outstanding contribution!"
John ^F. Kilner, Ph.D.
Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture and Director ^of Bioethics Programs, Trinity International University
"Where Catholic thinking ^has long been present in a theological ethic of the body, Rae and Riley make much-needed ^contributions that greatly add to the debate from a Protestant point of view. While ^their views on assisted reproductive technologies differ from my own, Outside the ^Womb is a thought-provoking and timely encouragement to think carefullyand critically ^about these matters."
President, The Center for Bioethics ^and Culture Network
The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is on the rise in our culture as an alternative for couples facing infertility issues and single women desiring to have children. Is it right - morally, ethically, biblically - to engage this new technology? Are there some aspects of ART that are more acceptable than others? Outside the Womb: The Ethics of Reproductive Technologies addresses the whole issue of "making life", providing valuable information, both theologically and scientifically, for Christian couples to reflect upon as they consider the various fertility treatments.
Scott B. Rae (PhD, University of Southern California) is professor of Christian ethics at Talbot School of Theology at Los Angeles. Dr. Rae is the author of The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood, (Praeger Publishing); Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics,( Zondervan); Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies, (Baker); Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics (Zondervan) with Kenman L. Wong; Bioethics: A Christian Approach in a Pluralistic Age (Eerdmans); and On Human Persons: Metaphysical and Ethical Reflections (Intervarsity Press) with J.P. Moreland.
Dr. Rae serves as ethics consultant for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills, California; Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, California; Corona Regional Medical Center, Corona, California; Santa Ana Hospital, Santa Ana, California; and Coastal Communities Hospital, Santa Ana, California.
He is a fellow of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and a member of the American Society of Bioethics and the Humanities
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