Human Embryo Adoption: Biotechnology, Marriage, and the Right to Life

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What should we do with the hundreds of thousands of frozen human embryos held in fertility clinics around the world? One solution would be adoption. Would such a course of action be moral? That is the question faced in this volume. The leading thinkers in Catholic bioethics divide into two opposing camps in a great debate over biotechnology, sexuality, marriage, and the right to life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935372502
  • Publisher: National Catholic Bioethics Center
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert P. George xi

Introduction Rev. Thomas V. Berg 1

1 Virtuous Parenting and Orphaned Embryos John Berkman 13

2 Some Moral Contraindications to Embryo Adoption Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk 37

3 Becoming Pregnant or Becoming a Mother? Embryo Transfer With and Without a Prior Maternal Relationship Helen Watt 55

4 The Embryo Rescue Debate: Impregnating Women, Ectogenesis, and Restoration from Suspended Animation Nicholas Tonti-Filippini 69

5 On the Catholic Vision of Conjugal Love and the Morality of Embryo Transfer Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco 115

6 The Object of the Acting Woman in Embryo Rescue William E. May 135

7 The Nuptial Womb: On the Moral Significance of Being "With Child" Christopher Oleson 165

8 A Defense by Analogy of Heterologous Embryo Transfer E. Christian Brugger 197

9 Heterologous Embryo Transfer and the Meaning of "Becoming a Mother" Rev. Thomas D. Williams 229

10 The Female Act of Allowing an Intromission of Impregnating Kind Mary Geach 251

11 The Moral Licitness of Adopting Frozen Embryos, with Answers to Objections Mónica López Barabona Rev. Ramón Lucas Lucas Salvador Antuñano Alea 273

12 Our Moral Obligation to the Abandoned Embryo Rev. Peter F. Ryan 297

Afterword Rev. Thomas V. Berg Edward J. Furton 327

Bibliography 333

Contributors 345

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