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Friday, May 14, 2004

The IVF blind spot

Atrios is hardly the first to notice that anti-stem cell research and anti-abortion people don't care about IVF. Which, if you think that anti-abortion is about saving lives, makes absolutely no sense.
But if anti-abortionism is about keeping women in their rightful place as mothers and nothing more, there's nothing wrong with expensive treatments to get a woman pregnant. And if Catholic women get it done, then more Catholics! Everyone wins!
I'm not against IVF, so I hope that doesn't come across. I'm not against babies or pregnancy (except for myself). But I am against efforts to create a system where women-are-wombs and nothing more.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, it's all about pregnancy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Atrios is mistaken, at least as far as the Catholic church is concerned. It is true that Catholic bishops do seem to make a lot more fuss about abortion and stem cell research but the Catholic church also forbids IVF and even artificial insemination with a husband's sperm. See the Catholic catechism paragraph 2377.


Blogger Amanda said...

It is true that the church forbids IVF, but what is at issue here is not actual theology but practical theology. And if they don't make a fuss about it, in a sense, it doesn't count. The death penalty is a good example.


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