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Religion and Medical Issues: Explain Christian attitudes and the attitudes of Islam, to these treatments to help infertile couple have children.

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Katie Lane Religion and Medical Issues: Explain Christian attitudes and the attitudes of Islam, to these treatments to help infertile couple have children. The responses to these treatments such as IVF, AID, AIH, Surrogacy, Fertility drugs and a few more have a varied response between different types of Christians and different types of Muslims. Some are for it, others against it, and others are only for certain types of infertility treatments. There are no specific teachings in the Bible about infertility treatments, however the Bible was written before knowledge of medical science. Back then people believed if they couldn't bare children that God would have intended it to be that way. ...read more.

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Some Christians believe that this is just helping nature along with its course and that God gave us the knowledge to use science to benefit mankind. Part of the purpose of marriage is procreation and they believe people who desperately want children should be provided with the pleasure and the joy of them. They also say that the embryos that are discarded are not yet human beings or even foetuses so they aren't destroying anything. God is a God of love so anything to help those should be pursued. However the Roman Catholic attitude is extremely different, it bans any form of embryo technology and is also strongly against IVF, AID and AIH. The Catholic Church believes that its unnatural and that we are playing God. ...read more.

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Catholics say there are other ways to care for children e.g. Adopt, or go into children homes to look after them. They say this is the way God designed and planned it. Islam believes that the purpose of marriage is procreation and if this can not happen naturally then there isn't any problem with being helped along with it by using the forms of IVF or AIH. However Muslims see little difference between AID and committing adultery which is strictly forbidden in the Qur'an. Surrogacy is also forbidden because the Qu'ran also teaches that nobody can be a mother to a child except the women who carried it. Muslim men are also allowed to have up to four wives, (however this is not allowed in this country) which makes surrogacy unnecessary because another wife could bare the children for him. ...read more.

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