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Submitted by: S on  5/13/2010
Answered by: Matthew P. Harrison, M.D.
Topic: In Vitro
Question:
My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for 5 years. We went to the doctor and she said that my only option is in vitro fertilization. We love babies and are very pro-life, why can’t we use in vitro?
   
Answer:

Dear Susan,


I am sorry that you are having these medical problems. But do not give up hope! In vitro fertilization though is not the answer for many different reasons. Overall, any treatment for infertility that interrupts or replaces the physical act of the sacrament of marriage counteracts the vows of marriage, that each of you will give each other totally to one another and that each marital act is open to life. Harvesting sperm or eggs, manipulating them and/or replacing them back into the uterus inherently interrupts the marital act. The Pope Paul IV Institute, however, certifies medical practitioners in NaPro Technology which uses fertility focused intercourse, hormone treatments, and specialized surgical techniques to repair or replace deficiencies has a fantastic success rate. In our clinic Dr. Daniel Holland has been able to use these techniques to help couples achieve pregnancy when in vitro has failed. Find a Creighton Medical Consultant near you for evaluation and treatment of you infertility problems. And remember, thousands of children seek adoption and are ready for a loving family to care for them.


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