Synopses & Reviews
The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is on the rise in our culture as an alternative for couples facing infertility issues and single women desiring to have children. Is it right – morally, ethically, biblically – to engage this new technology? Are there some aspects of ART that are more acceptable than others? Outside the Womb: The Ethics of Reproductive Technologies addresses the whole issue of “making life”, providing valuable information, both theologically and scientifically, for Christian couples to reflect upon as they consider the various fertility treatments.
“Rae and Riley offer a thorough, thoughtful look at the complexities of assisted reproduction from philosophical, theological, and scientific points of view. This book provides answers to the mind-boggling questions raised by new developments in reproductive technology. It’s a resource I recommend highly."e;
The Colson Center for Christian Worldview
"e;A rare blend of scientific information, biblical guidance, and empathy for those struggling with infertility. You won't find a better or more readable resource."e;
David Stevens, MD
Chief Executive Officer, Christian Medical and Dental Associations
“In addition to the emotional anguish experienced by couples with infertility, the treatment options now available through assisted reproduction present them with both a moral and scientific minefield. Scott Rae and Joy Riley do a superb job of unraveling the mystery and navigating the reader through this minefield.”
Gene Rudd, MD (obstetrician/gynecologist)
Senior Vice President, Christian Medical Association
"e;If you are looking for moral guidance on assisted reproduction that combines empathy with ethics, biblical teaching with contemporary application, and simple explanations with profound insights regarding IVF, IUI, GIFT, ZIFT, egg donation, surrogate motherhood, and prenatal genetic testing, then you've come to the right place. Congratulations to Drs. Rae and Riley for an outstanding contribution!"e;
John F. Kilner, Ph.D.
Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture and Director of Bioethics Programs, Trinity International University
"e;Where Catholic thinking has long been present in a theological ethic of the body, Rae and Riley make much-needed contributions that greatly add to the debate from a Protestant point of view. While their views on assisted reproductive technologies differ from my own, Outside the Womb is a thought-provoking and timely encouragement to think carefully and critically about these matters."e;
President, The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network
The use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is rising. Media accounts of unnatural multiplies and aging celebrities having children represent the exceptions, not the norm. The most common user of reproductive technologies today may be an average American couple or single woman unable to have children naturally.
As Americans continue to delay child-bearing, and as availability of fertility treatments rises, we can expect more and more Christian couples to make use of reproductive technologies. But how ethical are such treatments? What key issues should couples wrestle with before using any type of assisted procreation? These are the kinds of questions medical ethicist Scott Rae and Dr. Joy Riley seek to answer in Outside the Womb.
The authors don't condemn ART, but they do call Christians to give careful thought to what God intended for the family and to the ethical issues involved in various fertility treatments.
About the Author
D. Joy Riley, M.D., M.A. is board-certified in internal medicine and has a master's degree in bioethics from Trinity International University. The executive director of The Tennessee Center for Bioethics and Culture, she writes and speaks on a variety of bioethics topics, with special interest in reproductive technologies, medical ethics, and stem cell research. She and her husband, an obstetrician/gynecologist, have three sons and live in Brentwood, TN.
Table of Contents
A Theology of the Family
Natural Law and Reproductive Technologies
Our Legal Tradition and Procreative Freedoms
The Moral Status of Fetuses and Embryos
Artificial Insemination and Egg Donations
In Vitro Fertilization
Prenatal Genetic Testing
Conclusion: A Word to Infertile Couples