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Religious attitudes towards fertility treatments can determine whether a couple can have children. Different faiths have different attitudes towards these treatments. Within the Christian faith,

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Explain Christian attitudes, and the attitudes of ONE other religion, to these treatments. Religious attitudes towards fertility treatments can determine whether a couple can have children. Different faiths have different attitudes towards these treatments. Within the Christian faith, there are two very different views on this matter. Roman Catholics believe that there are none of these treatments that should be used because they think that life is a gift from god, and we must not tamper with life. They think that no one has the right to have children, and children are not 'merchandise'. They also believe that the soul is implanted at conception, thus fertilization by these means does not use the usual form of natural conception, and therefore there would be no soul in the child. ...read more.

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They also think that when donors remain anonymous it is a denial of the rights of children and that embryos have human status and should not be used in research. They would oppose any form of artificial insemination as masturbation is seen as a sin. Roman Catholics would also be against surrogacy for two reasons; it may involve IVF or AI and it is also seen as adultery. In fact the only option they do approve of is adoption. They would see it as a loving and kind act. The Protestant Church are not as strict as the Roman Catholic Church, they allow IVF and AIH. This is because it is using human intelligence (a gift from God) ...read more.

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Different religions around the world have very different views about this subject. Muslims believe, like the Roman Catholics, that life is sacred and a precious commodity, which was given by God, but unlike the Roman Catholics, they think that a foetus does not have human status. They also believe that all children should be born to married couples, making most forms of sperm/egg/embryo donation adultery and a very serious crime. Muslims also think that a child should know both of its natural parents and think that, when a child is born to a surrogate mother, it legally belongs to the surrogate mother. Muslims do not accept AID, Egg Donation or Surrogacy. However most Muslims accept IVF and AIH because Muslim families are expected to produce children to have a compete family. They are against surrogacy as the child produced still legally belongs to the woman carrying the baby. ...read more.

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