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Medical Ethics Coursework - Christian and Muslim attitudes to infertility

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Religious Studies Christian and Muslim attitudes to infertility Some Christians believe that In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is acceptable because they believe it is good to use technology to provide couples with the joy of children. Although some would not permit the IVF treatment as they believe that to throw away fertilised eggs (which must happen in the process of IVF treatment and Egg donation) is murder because it is the destruction of a soul this is wrong because it is a sin to take someone's life away. Artificial Insemination by Husband (AIH) is accepted by some Christians because the egg and sperm are from the husband and wife which is not a problem, but still some Christians believe that AIH involves masturbation by the male which is a sin. ...read more.

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Christianity teaches that the purpose of marriage is to have children, which is why lots of Christians believe there is no problem with Embryo donation, although some Christians would say that the new born child will prevented from knowing his real parents. A quote from the bible says 'be fruitful and multiply' which means that Christians should procreate, but if you are infertile this cannot happen that is why many Christians believe there is no problem with surrogacy, as this will carry on the life cycle as they have been told in the Bible, but even being a strict Christian they still may believe that this is not the right thing to do because it is explained that those who accept egg donation do so because they consider ...read more.

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The treatment called AID is strictly forbidden in the Qur'an as this is similar to adultery which is haram (against the Qur'an). Egg donation is not permitted in Islam, if a couple cannot have a baby than the husband should get another wife there is no problem with this in Islam, egg donation (or organ donation) is only permitted in a life or death situation. Embryo donation requires egg and sperm from a third party which is not permitted in Islam and the discarded embryos is a waste of life. Surrogacy is giving the embryo to another woman to carry on the pregnancy in her womb this is not permissible in Islam, it also not permitted for a Muslim woman to act as a surrogate mother. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mohammad Khan 10/69 ...read more.

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