Ethical Issues of Pregnancy and Infertility

Examining the Key Bioethical Issues from a Biblical Perspective

Curated by Joe Carter


After one year of sexual relations, approximately 15 percent of American couples are unable to conceive a child. This inability can become emotionally trying and leads many couples to seek out medical solutions to overcome their affliction. Every year couples spend millions of dollars on reproductive technologies for the mere chance of conceiving a child. For Christians, medical intervention to overcome infertility may be acceptable, providing we do not violate established biblical principles or our consciences in the process.

In-Vitro Fertilization

In 1978, reproductive technologies provided the first “test tube baby.” Since then the number of reproductive technologies has increased significantly, bringing with it a range of moral concerns. For Christians, medical intervention to overcome infertility may be acceptable, providing we do not violate established biblical principles or our consciences in the process.

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