By Judie Brown, President
American Life League
Treating the human body like one would treat a machine is no longer a far-fetched idea, but rather a practice happening among far too many of us. Professor Janet Smith pointed this out when she stated that in the encyclical Humanae Vitae Pope Paul VI warned that “we would begin to treat our bodies as though they were machines. We'd no longer have respect for the human person as an integral unity of body and soul, but the body would now be a machine that we can do to whatever we will. Now there is no greater evidence than our use of reproductive technologies, of surrogate motherhood, for instance, and many of these in vitro procedures.”
There are examples of this disregard for the remarkable nature of the human body all around us. One such example is medically assisted procreation—“a generic term for any of a range of techniques that enable infertile couples to have a child.” MAP represents a humane way of suggesting that science can accomplish what nature has failed to do for a couple desiring a child. But as one psychiatrist who treats couples who have failed to acquire a child by such means points out: “MAP is so intrusive—it subjects sexuality to reproduction; some couples break up under the strain.”
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