EWTN Catholic Q&A
Embryo donation
Question from AB on 08-17-2017:

Is it ok for a Married Catholic couple experiencing infertility after having one child together to grow their family by receiving embryo donation conceived from an egg donor and a sperm donor?

Answer by Judie Brown on 08-26-2017:

Dear AB

The teaching of the Catholic Church on this question is clear and can be found here: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_2008 1208_dignitas-personae_en.html

In this document, DIGNITAS PERSONAE (Dignity of the Human Person) it says

t has also been proposed, solely in order to allow human beings to be born who are otherwise condemned to destruction, that there could be a form of “prenatal adoption”. This proposal, praiseworthy with regard to the intention of respecting and defending human life, presents however various problems not dissimilar to those mentioned above.

All things considered, it needs to be recognized that the thousands of abandoned embryos represent a situation of injustice which in fact cannot be resolved. Therefore John Paul II made an “appeal to the conscience of the world’s scientific authorities and in particular to doctors, that the production of human embryos be halted, taking into account that there seems to be no morally licit solution regarding the human destiny of the thousands and thousands of ‘frozen’ embryos which are and remain the subjects of essential rights and should therefore be protected by law as human persons”.[39]

Therefore, while it would be wonderful for you to adopt a baby, using a reproductive technology to reach your goal is not acceptable by the Church.

Judie Brown

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