Difficult Questions of Bioethics

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  2. Сложные проблемы биоэтики
  3. Russian
  4. Asliturk, Miriam
  5. Ethics - Scientific theories and disciplines > Medicine
  6. 05-07-2018
  7. Духович, Владимир [Author]. Сложные проблемы биоэтики
  8. Церковь и Биоэтика: Церковно-общественный совет по биомедицинской этике при Московской Патриархии.
  9. fertilization - in vitro fertilisation - abortion - embryonic - Clergy - Russian Orthodoxy - bioethics
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    1. <p>Духович, Владимир и Максим Обухов (2016). Сложные проблемы биоэтики. <em>Церковь и Биоэтика: Церковно-общественный совет по биомедицинской этике при Московской Патриархии.</em> Retrieved from: <a href="http://bioethics.orthodoxy.ru/biblioteka/khristianstvo-i-meditsina/340-tema-seminara-slozhnye-voprosy-bioetiki-zapis-pastyrskogo-internet-seminara">http://bioethics.orthodoxy.ru/biblioteka/khristianstvo-i-meditsina/340-tema-seminara-slozhnye-voprosy-bioetiki-zapis-pastyrskogo-internet-seminara</a> </p>
    1. The authors considers the murder of embryos during in vitro fertilization to be the major problem of new fertilization technologies. “Spare” embryos are systematically killed or frozen for a future fertilization that is often never materialized. Thus these embryos never have a chance of growing into a human being. Embryos also have to go through the procedure of screening when a sample cell is analyzed and the embryo is rejected if results are unsatisfactory for fertilization.

      The authors believe that the only solution for a woman who has to use in vitro fertilization is to give all embryos a chance to survive. Couples with health issues must seek help from doctors but should not stop praying and hope for the help from God. Dukhovich regularly makes collective prayers for couples who cannot conceive and says it helps many to have a child afterwards. Adoption is a good choice for those who cannot have children as well, according to the authors.

      When a woman wants an abortion the most important thing is to offer help, food, clothes and temporary housing. The authors point out that every parish should become an emergency help centre, supported by donations from the parishioners. Women who have had an abortion should get special treatment from the Church. Often such women are depressed and lose hope to be forgiven for what they have done. Priests should explain to them that they should believe in the endless mercy of God. These women who regret abortion should either have a child after or adopt one. They also can help other women that are about to have an abortion.