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What is the Catholic Church鈥檚 stance on in vitro fertilization (IVF)?
The Catholic Church is not opposed to such procedures. It does consider immoral in vitro fertilization (IVF), the conception of a child in a petri dish鈥攅ven if the egg and sperm come from the married couple desiring to have a child (homologous artificial insemination and fertilization).
What does the Catholic Church say about infertile couples?
The Catholic Church celebrates human life and the family more than perhaps any other institution in today鈥檚 world. The Church recognizes that infertility can be a great cross for couples to carry. The Church is a compassionate and loving mother, and thus she encourages infertile couples to nonetheless try to form a family.
Is it a sin to use IVF?
Unfortunately, most Catholics are not aware of the Church’s teaching, do not know that IVF is immoral, and some have used it in attempting to have children. If a couple is unaware that the procedure is immoral, they are not subjectively guilty of sin.
What is the church鈥檚 view on sperm and egg extraction?
Depending on the medical situation of a couple, eggs and/or sperm can be extracted, undergo a process to improve chances of conceiving and then be reintroduced into the woman鈥檚 body where the conception occurs. The Catholic Church is not opposed to such procedures.