The following comes from an Oct. 17 story on the website of the Catholic News Agency.
Tech giants’ new policies offering egg freezing options as a work benefit overlook the technique’s “highly problematic” failure rates and risks to potential children, says a leading ethicist in the field.
“What the rationale seems to be is you don’t have to stop your career to have your children. You can bank your eggs and have them to use down the road,” said Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, regarding a new policy by Facebook and Apple to subsidize the freezing of female employees’ eggs.
“Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way because egg banking, egg freezing and artificial reproductive technologies have a very high failure rate,” she explained to CNA in an Oct. 15 interview. “It’s highly problematic.”
Apple has recently announced that as of 2015, it will begin offering coverage for egg freezing, joining social media giant Facebook, who already covers up to $20,000 in egg-freezing costs.
Egg harvesting and freezing generally costs approximately $10,000 per round, with at least $500 in fees for storage. Artificial reproduction experts suggest that clients produce and store about 20 eggs, which typically requires two rounds of the procedures necessary to retrieve the eggs.
Frozen eggs can later be thawed and inseminated in vitro, and any embryos produced by the procedure can then be implanted in the mother. Catholic teaching prohibits the utilization of in-vitro fertilization and other artificial reproductive technologies that separate the creation of life from the marital act.
The funding of egg freezing as an employee benefit, Lahl said, promises “women something, when they aren’t on solid ground,” due to these procedure’s failure rates and risks for any children produced by these technologies.
Women, she said, are told that they “can ignore your biological clock and have your children on your own time schedule,” although the fact is that undergoing these procedures does not guarantee that these technologies will be able to help a woman start a family….
To read the entire story, click here.
Practical matters to consider before trying to fool mother nature: When a woman wants to use her frozen eggs, will her reproductive organs, which have aged over time, still be able to carry a pregnancy to term? Does freezing the eggs damage them? How long can they remain frozen? Even frozen foods have a time limit, a “use by” date. If frozen eggs are fertilized by sperm cells that have been frozen for years, will the fetus be normal?
CCC: ” 2376 Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral.
These techniques (heterologous artificial insemination and fertilization) infringe the child’s right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage.
They betray the spouses’ “right to become a father and a mother only through each other.”
This is a MORTAL SIN. Hope every reader understands it, and passes this on to others.
PC Villainy is their Vanity
“Houston’s mayor is a villain, not a hero
Pastor Castano speaks for millions of Americans who are sick and tired of political correctness run amok By Jeff Crouere October 17, 2014
This week the country learned that in the politically red state of Texas is the liberal, blue city of Houston, which is led by Mayor Annise Parker, an avowed lesbian.
In May, Mayor Parker rammed through the city council a controversial transgender rights measure called the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), otherwise known as the “bathroom bill.” It would allow men who self identify as females to use the women’s bathroom and vice versa. Obviously, the ordinance was controversial and five local pastors mounted a successful campaign to gather 50,000 signatures to oppose the measure. This was more than three times the number of signatures necessary to force a voter referendum on the ordinance.
Despite the overwhelming number of signatures gathered, the Houston city attorney dismissed the petitions claiming that there were “irregularities.” Thereafter, a lawsuit was filed by four citizens outraged at such disregard for public sentiment. A court date has been set for January 19, 2015 to decide this matter.
In the name of fighting discrimination, Houston is engaged in discrimination against heterosexual citizens who are not confused about their gender.
In an advice column in the paper today, a father was complaining that his wife was going through menopause at 54 and the 11 year old daughter was afraid of her from her yelling etc. she must have been 43 when she had her first child. She’ll probably be in her late 60s by the time she’s a grandmother. Anyone see a problem with this picture?
Yes, the problem I see is the log in your eye.
No one should heed anything from a coward that won’t give his or her name.
Priests and even bishops who face probable retribution from heretical “superiors” that proclaim the truth may be the only exception to that rule.
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc
:). How can you see the log in my eye with the one blocking yours? It’s a blessing when a couple has trie for years to have a child and are finally gifted with one, no matter what the age. But waiting to have children so you can reach career goals ( and freezing your eggs) is something else entirely, no? My example was a faulty one.
If Anonymous can see the log in your eye, Dana, there must be whole forest growing in his/hers. No wonder he/she can’t see anything for the trees. Not even in the simplest of conversations.
Even so, I cannot imagine living with scruples such as those, feeling one is judging when determining whether to get up or stay in bed, eat breakfast or just have a cup of coffee, or what to wear. My goodness.
As for your example, it was just fine.
Thanks Ann. Guess I just saw too many women in Seattle who postponed having children for their illustrious careers and many looked like Grandmas…you had to be very careful…you couldn’t ask how many grandchildren they had, or anything of that nature. I had my grandchildren with me many times and I saw people hesitate before saying what handsome children they were or something innocuous . haha
I always said I loved being a gram and they breathed a sigh of relief..