Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Thursday, July 24, 2008

"Babies from the grave"

I came across this article and its just makes me sick. The thought of babies as a thing to have instead of a gift from God is just so unreal! I don't understand and I will never understand. When will science's get it! I just don't want to think what the future holds for us on this track! What I don't get is the title of the article, "Babies from the grave' a step closer".. A step closer to what?? Can you answer that?

May God have Mercy on our souls!

'Babies from the grave' a step closer

By ANNA CHALMERS - The Dominion Post Thursday, 24 July 2008

Women could soon have "babies from the grave" or give birth after menopause using frozen eggs.

The influential Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology, set up in 2004 to advise the Government, recommended yesterday that frozen eggs become an established procedure in fertility treatment.

New Zealand women have been able to freeze their eggs since 2005, but it has been illegal to use them in fertility treatment programmes such as in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).

If adopted, the controversial proposal would enable career women wanting to postpone children and those without a partner to put their fertility "on ice" by freezing their eggs for later use.

It could also mean that, if a woman gives permission at the time her eggs are harvested, then later dies, a surrogate could be impregnated with the embryo containing her egg - in effect creating a baby from the grave.

The committee has also paved the way for so-called saviour siblings - whose embryos have been pre-selected to create a child to aid a sick brother or sister - to include other relatives such as cousins and also assist those with non-genetic diseases, such as leukaemia.

At present, "saviour siblings" can be created to assist only with genetic diseases, such as Huntington's.

Fertility clinics are welcoming the proposals but the Catholic Bioethics Centre said it opposed the discarding of embryos that failed the selection process for "saviour siblings".

The Catholic Church was also concerned about life being created outside a "loving context", centre researcher John Kleinsman said.

The advisory committee believes about 25 women in New Zealand have had eggs frozen since 2005.

Spokesman Gareth Jones said that, worldwide, up to 600 children have been born from frozen eggs, with about 160 documented through IVF.

The committee believed that creating babies from frozen eggs was safe.

"There is no rational reason to expect problems - frozen sperm has been used for many, many years."

Cancer Society deputy chief executive Jan Pearson said treatment often left young patients infertile and freezing eggs would help them.

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