Catechism of the Catholic Church

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. more

Vatican Documents

  • Gospel of Life – Evangelium Vitae (1995)
    On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life
    This moral condemnation also regards procedures that exploit living human embryos and fetuses-sometimes specifically “produced” for this purpose by in vitro fertilization-either to be used as “biological material” or as providers of organs or tissue for transplants in the treatment of certain diseases. more
  • Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation: Replies to Certain Questions of the Day – Donum Vitae (1987)
    Neither is it valid to argue, as a justification for sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive, that a lesser evil is to be preferred to a greater one, or that such intercourse would merge with procreative acts of past and future to form a single entity, and so be qualified by exactly the same moral goodness as these. more
  • Dignitas Personae – On Certain Bioethical Questions (2008)
    The dignity of a person must be recognized in every human being from conception to natural death. This fundamental principle expresses a great “yes” to human life and must be at the center of ethical reflection on biomedical research, which has an ever greater importance in today’s world. more

Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology

I want to have children with you.”So much meaning is packed into these words, when a man or woman says them to a spouse. Especially in the light of faith, they mean: I entrust myself to you and to you alone- including my ability to join you in cooperating with God to create a son or daughter… download the full document here .

Other Resources

Find publications and articles on Bioethics, In Vitro Fertilization and Fertility from the following organizations and websites:


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