Life Library — Procreation Issues
In Vitro Fertilization: Moral or Immoral?
Some moral issues involved with in vitro fertilization are the dilemma of leftover embryos, the loss of embryos that do not implant, the unmarried woman seeking pregnancy, the use of donor sperm or egg and, perhaps most importantly, the increasing separation of the biological from the relational inherent in reproductive technologies.
The Mystery of Marriage
This article is a summary of the theology of marriage that can serve as a foundation for evaluating the implications of reproductive technologies from a Christian perspective.
Reproductive Ethics: A Summary
We need to distinguish the critique of reproductive technologies from a criticism of people we may know who have made use of them. This information is offered to Christian couples to help them think about the possible use of reproductive technologies.
Resolution 6-10: Guidance on Contraceptive Methods
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Sanctity of Human Life Committee offers this document in response to resolution 6-10 placed before the Synod’s 2004 convention.
A Review of Reproductive Technologies
Because reproductive ethics is a little known quantity for the average person, the following topics are offered as a simple guide for discussion and consideration in personal decision-making: assisting procreation, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and surrogate motherhood.
Surrogate Motherhood — A Clerical Case
The whole point of marriage as a paradigm of God’s relationship with His people is to illustrate the oneness of what we are given in marriage and in the gift of a child as its outcome. Careless sentimentality in reproductive ethics erases this message of God to us.
To Be or Not to Be ... a Clone
When or if cloning ever becomes available, Christians are reminded that procreation is God’s work given to the union of a husband and wife. The use of technology must remain in service to God’s Word.