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IUI [Jun. 5th, 2010|01:36 pm]
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I have some friends who have had trouble getting pregnant. They would make excellent parents and have been trying a couple years on their own, and suffered one miscarriage. After undergoing some testing they found out the guys sperm isn't great and that there is only about a 1-2% chance of them getting pregnant on their own and the pregnancy lasting. The doctors think they are excellent candidates for IUI, where the sperm would be inserted directly into her cervix, from there things would either happen on their own or they wouldn't.

However, they are unsure if this goes against the church? They are going to try to go in and meet with a Priest, but since they recently moved it might be a little while. So anyone know about this or have thoughts or opinions?


[User Picture]From: bitwhizzle
2010-06-05 06:53 pm (UTC)
The Catholic Church teaches that among humans artificial insemination constitutes such a violation of the dignity of the person and the sanctity of marriage as to be contrary to the natural and divine law. Catholic teaching on artificial insemination (among humans) was summed up by Pope Pius XII in an address to Catholic physicians (September 29, 1949). The various dimensions of the immorality involved include: in donor insemination (insemination with the active element of a donor); the third-party invasion of the exclusive marriage covenant in a kind of mechanical adultery; the irresponsibility of the donor fathering a child for which he can fulfill no paternal responsibility; and the deordination of his masturbation in order to thus donate his paternal seed. Even if insemination could be artificially achieved with the husband's semen properly collected (without masturbation) the papal teaching still points out that any process that isolates the sacred act of human generation from the beautiful and intimate conjugal union of the marriage act itself is inconsistent with the holiness and intimate personalism of that two-in-one-flesh union which alone is appropriate for the generation of a child. As long, however, as the integrity of the marriage act is preserved, various clinical techniques designed to facilitate the process are not to be condemned.

While I understand your friends' desire to have a child of their own, have they ever considered adoption? There are MANY children in need of loving parents, and this could be God's way of saying that they are meant to take one of these kids and give them a loving family.
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[User Picture]From: ktdid525
2010-06-05 06:56 pm (UTC)
See I don't read that as cut and dry as you did because of this sentence "As long, however, as the integrity of the marriage act is preserved, various clinical techniques designed to facilitate the process are not to be condemned." I think an IUI is facilitating in the process. I fully agree that IVF would be replacing it and would be wrong, but I am still unclear on IUI.
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[User Picture]From: bitwhizzle
2010-06-05 07:13 pm (UTC)
From the information that I was given during my marriage course last year:

Ethical fertility treatments need to respect three fundamental goods: the right to life and the physical integrity of the human being from conception to natural death; the unity of marriage, meaning that the spouses become parents only together and through each other; and the dignity of human procreation, which requires that every human child be conceived as the fruit of a conjugal act, the reciprocal self-giving surrender of his or her father and mother.

A number of methods have been successful at treating infertility while respecting God's plan for procreation. These methods focus on finding and correcting physical problems and restoring or aiding natural functioning. They often track the woman's natural fertility cycle to help detect any underlying problems. Treatments may include antibiotics, hormones or corrective surgery.

Some fertility treatments are still under examination by the Church and may believe them to be ethically permissible. Catholics must rely on the above guidelines and their well-formed consciences in considering these options:

IUI - only when the husband's sperm is obtained through normal intercourse. It is then prepared in the laboratory and placed inside the uterus or fallopian tubes.

So, I guess it's okay! *shrug*
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