Is this the fate of Donum Vitae’s moral analysis of homologous in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer (ET)? At the conclusion of these essays, almost all of which seriously critique the Instruction’s treatment of the issue, one is left with the impression of an argument, fallen, and irreparably shattered. Does the cumulative effect of the critiques leave the Instruction’s case in pieces? And have the contributors to this volume made their case that the Instruction’s moral analysis is inadequate? While I will leave these judgments to the reader, I do wish to draw together the common as well as varied concerns of the contributors in order to provide a better sense of the cumulative impact of the individual assessments of Donum Vitae’s prohibition of IVF in the “simple case,” that is, using the gametes of husband and wife. These concerns tend to fall into three categories: methodology, argumentation, and assumptions.
KeywordsEmbryo Transfer Common Good Infertile Couple Reproductive Decision Common Morality
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