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Describe Christian Attitudes to Fertility Treatments and Use of Human Embryos

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Describe Christian Attitudes to Fertility Treatments and Use of Human Embryos Roman Catholics say they are against the use of human embryos in scientific research, as it says "Don't you know you yourselves are God's temple, and that God's spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him, for God's temple is sacred and you are the temple," 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. This is saying that life is sacred and it should no be treated lightly, so Roman Catholics would see experimentation of human embryos as "gravely immoral," Pope John Paul II. They believe that no human being can be seen as a means to an end, and that the demands of science do not take precedence over individual human persons, especially when defenceless. ...read more.


However the Roman Catholic disagrees with these churches regarding research on embryos, saying that "No object even though noble in itself, such as a foreseeable advantage to science, to other human beings, or to society can in anyway justify experimenting on living human embryos, either inside or outside of the mother's womb," Pope John Paul II. "I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born," Jeremiah 1:5. This passage emphasises that God gives life and he plans it before the child is born, and God knows about the child before its birth. Therefore this passage could be said to be opposing fertility treatments that enable infertile couple to have a child, as some Christians believe that perhaps the couple's infertility is part of God's plan, and that Children and a gift from God that he would give if that was his will. ...read more.


Some Catholics believe that the "sacrament" of marriage is affected if a couple in the hope of having children uses AID. They accept AIH because it does not introduce a third person into the marriage, but the Church of England agree with both AID and AIH as they believe that the couple may deserve a second chance to have children, as children are a gift of God and a blessing to a couple. The Pope and the Roman Catholic Church has condemned surrogate motherhood, as it "strikes at the heart of the dignity of motherhood" Pope John Paul II and that society depends on stable and loving families, that could be threatened the introduction of a surrogate mother. Christian attitudes to fertility treatments and the use of human embryos in scientific research are very varied and so many Christians would say that an informed "conscience is of paramount importance," as Cardinal Basil Hume said. ...read more.

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