The use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is rising, and not just among the wealthy and the weird. Media accounts of unnatural multiples (think Nadya Suleman) and aging celebrities having children (Cheryl Tiegs, twins at age 52; Jane Seymour, twins...
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The use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is rising, and not just among the wealthy and the weird. Media accounts of unnatural multiples (think Nadya Suleman) and aging celebrities having children (Cheryl Tiegs, twins at age 52; Jane Seymour, twins at age 45; Joan Lunden, two sets of twins through a surrogate at age 52 and 54) 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.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Americans use in-vitro fertilization (IVF) at a rate of 236 per 100,000 -- for a total of more than 70,000 nationwide. And that's just IVF; many other means of assisted reproduction are increasingly available. As Americans continue to delay child-bearing, and as the 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. Readers of the book will be better equipped to think morally and biblically about ART, both as a social issue and as a personal issue that affects their own friends, church members, and families.
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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- <div><p>introduction<br>chapter 1<br><i>a Theology Of The Family</i><br>chapter 2<br><i>natural Law And Reproductive Technolo</i>gies<br>chapter 3<br><i>our Legal Tradition And Procreative Freedoms<br></i>chapter 4<br><i>the Moral Status Of Fetuses And Embryos<br></i>chapter 5<br><i>artificial Insemination And Egg Donations<br></i>chapter 6<br><i>in Vitro Fertilization<br></i>chapter 7<br><i>surrogate Motherhood<br></i>chapter 8<br><i>embryo Cloning<br></i>chapter 9<br><i>prenatal Genetic Testing<br></i>chapter 10<br><i>maternal-fetal Conflicts<br></i>conclusion: A Word To Infertile Couples</p></div>