Part 1: Infertility, Genetic Disease, and Medicine
John and Mary went into the pastor’s office. “Thank you for
seeing us.” Mary took a deep breath, “Pastor, we need to talk to
someone. We have been trying to have a baby for three years. My
doctor suggested we go to a fertility specialist. We are both to be
checked, and they will tell us what can be done. I am ready to try
almost anything, but John is not so sure. We know a couple that he
feels may have gone too far, and he does not want to do the same.
In the process of becoming pregnant, they had 25 fertilized eggs
die. The baby that was born was severely disabled and died shortly
after birth. We need to know what is right because we want to be
consistent in our Christian walk. I guess I want a baby so much
that I am afraid I am not seeing things clearly. Both of us are confused
by the many kinds of treatment our doctor told us about,
especially some he calls assisted reproduction technologies (ART)....