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Explain the attitudes of Christianity and one other faith to the treatments available for infertility

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Explain the attitudes of Christianity and one other faith to the treatments available for infertility

The two main Christian attitudes towards infertility have led to Christians having two different views regarding the issue of the treatments available for infertility in couples.

Roman Catholics and some evangelical Christians strongly disagree on fertility treatments. They believe that all forms of embryo technology are wrong because it threatens the belief of sanctity of life, "...So God created man in his own image..." (Genesis 1:27) states that human beings are created in the image of God hence no one has the right to change this 'image' or create one via artificial means. Secondly their theology argues that life begins at conception: "The embryo is a new human life which is genetically distinct and which has energy and a direction of its own from the moment of conception." (Save Our Nation, 2000) and "The human embryo has the right to proper respect...human beings are not to be treated as means to an end" (Catholic Truth Society 1990). Thus they do not approve of unused embroys being thrown away, which sometimes happens after IVF or embryos being manipulated i.e. frozen or discarded

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