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IVF has a set of complex ethical, medical, emotional, and spiritual components. Below you can learn more about the dilemmas involved in the process, many of which you may have encountered already.

Medical Ethics: IVF

General Ethical Principles

IVF violates several philosophical principles which serve as the foundation of bioethics.

Principle of Integrity: states that the human person must be viewed in respect to the whole (physical, psychical, etc) and not unduly compromised. IVF compromises this especially for the mother and the embryos. Read more about the principle here.

Principle of Respect for Autonomy: to respect another's autonomy not only acknowledges the other's right to make choices of their own will and values, but also to allow them the right to act autonomously as long as other moral considerations allows it. One might see how IVF can violate this principle for the vulnerable embryo not allowed to act autonomously, but also either parent involved in IVF. Read more about the role in patient-clinician relationship here.

Principle of Informed Consent: one has the right to have all the relevant information needed in order to comprehend and make a free decision. Many have shared how IVF clinics and providers did not fully or take seriously risks surrounding ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and how frozen embryos would be treated. Read here to learn more about informed consent.

Catholic Church Teaching Slides

Catholic Teaching on IVF

Listen to Fr. Mike Schmitz compassionately explain Catholic Teaching on IVF and Contraception.

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