Those who have read through my posts related to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), will likely conclude that I have concerns about its use. In my posting, IVF – Be Informed, after giving a basic description of what happens in IVF, I post the question, “Should we head down such a path or recommend it to others?”
Recently LifeSiteNews reported on the passing of a law that provides the Polish Government’s answer to this question. LifeSite News reports on IVF law in Poland (Dec 7, 2015)
In this LifeSiteNews article Steve Weatherbe reports,
Health Minister Konstanty Radziwill told a parliamentary committee last week that the government wanted to address the issue of procreation with a broader program…“We are glad no more taxpayers’ money will be spent on this,” Dzierzawski said. “But we are against it completely. It is against human dignity because most of the fetuses made by IVF are killed.”
John Smeaton, chief executive of the London-based Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPCU), also applauded the move by the Law and Justice government elected in late October with a slender majority….”The number of babies born from IVF is far outstripped by the number of embryonic children killed in the process.”
SPUC’s website reports…only one in five IVF efforts is successful and even the successful ones leave frozen embryos behind in the lab and sometimes aborted siblings in the womb.
The passing of this law in Polland is also reported in BioNews in the Untied Kingdom. Law passed in Poland – Bionews.org (June 29, 2015)
Given what actually happens in the process of IVF, what are we prepared to do in our country?
I realize that this posting is very blunt. The process of IVF subjects tiny human beings to a hostile environment, rather than protecting and nurturing them in the environment that God designed for procreation. (You can read more in posting IVF – Babies’ Hostile Beginnings) It also results in the death of many tiny human beings both unintentionally, as they don’t survive, and intentionally as they are discarded. I cannot see a way to share this truth without being blunt. Wouldn’t knowing the truth and not sharing it be something like looking the other way while Jews were being killed?
In posting this I realize that the topic of IVF can come very close to home. In some situations, it has been entered into without really realizing the truth of what happens. Being misled does not change the truth, but it does cry out for compassion. “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion…He has sent redemption to His people.” (Psalm 111) There is forgiveness in Him. The blog posting IVF – Asking Difficult Questions tries to grapple with the struggle of those who have gone down the IVF path and now realize the truth. We also need to realize that children born via IVF are still, given life by God. He remains the giver and taker of life. These children as we all are, are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139) We are still to rejoice in the children in our midst who have come to be through the path of IVF. The blog posting What If You Did Not Know? was written to help us think about this issue.
Some may believe, in their case of IVF, only one egg was fertilized and that egg put in the womb. Knowing how IVF works, this is unlikely to be the case. Even if it was the case for your loved one, it does not change the truth that the IVF industry is destructive to tiny human lives.
Like so many things today, it seems that there is little we can do. We can acknowledge the truth. We can try to help our brothers and sisters in Christ, where they have not yet seen truth, to see it. We can cry out to the Lord God that He have mercy on us and our loved ones, that He intervene in this world and, even, that He come quickly. Some of us will be given more opportunity than others to act. Could it be that God might use some of us to bring about changes in law, like in Poland?