Polish bishops call IVF “younger sister of eugenics”

By Reuters Staff
October 19, 2010

cloneBishops of Poland’s influential Roman Catholic Church have branded in vitro fertilization (IVF) “the younger sister of eugenics” in a letter aimed at swaying lawmakers ahead of a parliamentary debate.

Their intervention, two weeks after the Vatican condemned the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Prize for medicine to IVF pioneer Robert Edwards, triggered an unusually sharp response from lawmakers who say the clergy should not meddle in politics.

(Photo: A cloned human embryo, created at the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, 19 May 2005/handout)

“The in vitro method comes at great human cost. To give birth to one child … many humans suffer death at different stages of the medical process,” said the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.

The letter alluded indirectly to the practice of eugenics by Nazi Germany during World War Two, which involved ruthless medical experiments on prisoners and ethnic minorities as part of a drive to strengthen the “purity” of the German race.

Poland lacks laws precisely regulating IVF. Parliament will debate several bills ranging from a complete ban to ensuring full state co-financing of the procedure.

Read the full story by Gabriela Baczynska here. See also IVF spawns host of ethical issues.

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This preposterous, crude and backwards attempt to intervene is exactly what we’ve come to expect from the all-male city state of the Vatican.

Posted by AndoDoug | Report as abusive

Poland has survived Czarist domination, Nazi occupation and Soviet subjugation; it still came out ahead. I am sure it will brush aside this absurd obscurantism. With luck “Holy Mother Church” will soon be just a bad memory. We are almost there in Ireland. Can Poland be far behind?

Posted by BAJ | Report as abusive

Is it not serious heresy to think that the Creator of the Universe is stupid enough to infuse an immortal soul into a fertilized egg which He knows will be discarded before it comes anywhere near human form. It can, therefore, never even start on His obstacle course, much less qualify for judgment?

Posted by BAJ | Report as abusive

BAJ, there is no debating you. Serious, serious heresy. And babies remain seriously easy to make.

Posted by AndoDoug | Report as abusive

Dr. Edwards is the reason why about 4 million more people exist. But to be ‘pro-life’ is to be pro-embryo, turning a blind eye to children who are wanted by their parents.

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