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A Catholic Ethical Perspective on Human Reproductive Technology

Ford, Norman (2011) A Catholic Ethical Perspective on Human Reproductive Technology. In: Ethical Dilemmas in Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, pp. 321-332,. ISBN 978-3-11024020-7

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    The bible is the Book of Life par excellence on the significance on human life, the beginnings of human history, how to live in this world, and God's loving plan for human beings to be with Him for a happy eternal life. God's revelation in the Gensis account of creation of the universe and of Adam and Eve is enlightening. Their creation is viewed as very good - a unique divine gift for humans alone, who were made in the image of God, who said, "Let us make man in our image, in the likeness of ourselves, ... God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them" (Gen. 1:26-27, Wansbrough 1985). The Bible is not a scientific account of the beginnings of human life or of human embryology. Some biblical texts seem to presuppose the ancient Aristotelian view that human life is conceived when menstrual blood solidifies after it mixes with semen (Ford, 1988). Human life from conception was regarded as sacred in the Old Testament, Direct dominion over human life is not given to anybody, since all human beings belong to God ina special way (Ford 2002; Grisez 1970). It did not seem necessary to condemn abortion, because it is "completely foreign to the religious and cultural way of thinking of the People of God" (John Paul II 1995).

    Item Type: Book Chapters
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Human Reproductive Technology, moral and ethical aspects, norman ford, bioethical issues, women's rights
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220101 Bioethics (human and animal)
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950401 Bioethics
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): D - Ethics / Moral Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
    Depositing User: Users 157 not found.
    Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2012 13:06
    Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 11:39
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1066

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