What to Do with the Least of Our Brothers? Finding Moral Solutions to the Problem of Endangered Embryos

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  • Sobering look at a contemporary ethics dilemma
  • Scientific and ethical insights
  • Explains the position of the Church
  • Proposes possible solutions to a complex moral problem

It seems at times unthinkable that a book like this would have to be written, although, I am relatively sure that Aldous Huxley foresaw its necessity, when he wrote Brave New World. But, the time has arrived where babies are manufactured in sterile facilities and tested for their fitness for life in the world.

While we have not yet advanced sufficiently in biological sciences to entirely forego natural gestation in favor of prenatal programming process which Huxley describes, we have reached the point where those unwanted embryos are: set aside; freeze dried; and abandoned or destroyed when they do not meet the standard set for a child.

This book affirms the intrinsic goodness of the life of each embryo and explores from the Catholic perspective the possibility of frozen embryo rescue by adoption. It looks at those arguments, which see the elements of in vitro fertilization as so contrary to the faith and the natural law as to be irrecoverably intrinsically evil, and rejects those in favor of a small and narrow path of adoption to fully re-incorporate a child, through the love of a mother and a father, into the society which abandoned it.

  • Author: Fr. C. Ryan McCarthy
  • Softcover
  • 245 pgs.

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