You may ask yourself what is IVF and why is it causing so much controversy? IVF stands for in vitro fertilization, in vitro meaning “in glass” (Pence, 97). People who are IVF babies are commonly known as “Test tube” babies (Pence, 97). The IVF process is ordinarily practiced in infertile couples and in older women. Below I will present you with a video of an animated demonstration to give you a better understanding of what exactly they do to during the IVF process.
How could a process so simple yet life changing cause so much chaos? On July 25, 1978 Louise Brown was born healthy as can be with the help of IVF. When the news got out to the media some people were surprised yet bothered and upset. The public went crazy with morals and ethics. Paul Ramsey a Protestant theologian at Princeton University was completely against IVF. He published his inappropriate expression towards IVF to social media, claiming it was wrong for Physicians to alter the genes of an IVF baby (Pence, 106). He claim that IVF was a “sinful” process and that it was wrong for physicians to try to “play God” (Pence, 106). When putting religion into his disturbing comments, most then assumed IVF’s evil and wrong. Others like Ramsey stated that In vitro fertilization was “unnatural” because a human being was to be created with sexual intercourse by a couple who had love and feelings for each other (Pence,107) and not a petri dish in a lab. Because IVF was seen as unnatural, IVF babies were seen as “monstrous” (Pence, 107).
I’m personally with IVF. I believe IVF has no wrongs in society it can be very beneficial to our society today. The story of Jono Lancaster changed it all. Lancaster was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome and was made fun of his entire life. He and his girlfriend, who is completely “normal” wanted to start a family but were afraid that if so their baby would inherit his syndrome therefore they were planning to go through IVF so that their baby would not be made fun of (Neaves,Lecture). I believe in situations like this it is ok to go through IVF because they want the best for their child. If its towards a good benefit IVF should not be seen as “sinful” when one is trying of protect their own from something that is actually sinful, our society!
Pence, Gregory E. Medical Ethics: Accounts of Ground-Breaking Cases, Sixth Edition. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 2011
Clement, Gary. “Father” of in-vitro fertilization was announced as the winner of the the Nobel Prize. 2010. The National Post. 10 May 2010
Neaves, William B. Lecture. University of Missouri Kansas City. Miller Nicholas Library, Kansas City, Mo. 17 Sep 2013.