A new article on a health and technology website details recent efforts in Canada to initiate a one-embryo limit on in vitro fertilization (IVF). This would mean the IVF procedure would involve the fertilization and implantation of only one embryo, rather than the currently common IVF practice of implanting several fertilized eggs in the woman’s womb, most of which will die.
The article cites a new study from a physician, Dr. Keith Barrington, who believes he has found a causal link between the IVF procedure and increased infant mortality. According to Barrington, whose study shows that many IVF babies are born prematurely, which puts them at a greater risk of health problems. He believes a one-embryo policy would “dramatically reduce” the financial strain on the Canadian national healthcare system by at least $40 million. In other words, reducing the number of fertilized embryos would save the country a lot of money.
Barrington is correct that IVF should only include the fertilization and implantation of one embryo, but he’s missing the mark as to why.
A common method for in vitro fertilization involves the deliberate creation of numerous humans with full knowledge that most will die in the IVF process. Any artificial reproduction technologies that involve the intentional destruction of life should be rejected. God has created humanity in His own image. Because of this, each and every human, regardless of sex, color, nationality, age, or size is valuable in His sight.
But curtailing the number of humans created in order to merely save money totally misses the point. These are human beings, not dollar signs.
A new study has revealed that in vitro fertilization (IVF) leads to higher rates of infant mortality. Some Canadian doctors think legal intervention may be necessary.
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
“ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (NKJV)