Kathleen Gilbert

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Former top IVF doc: I was ‘absolutely horrified’ when I realized what I was doing

Kathleen Gilbert

CHICAGO, June 13, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - One doctor once renowned for his work in the fertility field says he quit in horror after realizing that his line of work was part of the “increasing objectification of children” - an epiphany he says his colleagues simply ridiculed.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how deep in my soul I believed that I had wronged other people,” reproductive endocrinologist Anthony Caruso told EWTN News in an article June 9.

Caruso, a Catholic, says that he quit his job and went to the sacrament of confession the same day. “When I realized what I was doing, I was absolutely horrified,” he told EWTN News. “I was so upset that I had lead so many couples down a road that was wrong.”

The fertility expert said that he was initially motivated to enter the field to help bring happiness to an infertile married couple - but has since realized that the procedure is at odds with the self-sacrificial ideal of marriage. “It’s … the idea that you can have whatever you want, wherever you want, whenever you want,” he said.

The EWTN article also outlined the career of Dr. Michael Kamrava, who is due to lose his medical license on July 1 for his role in the “Octomom” case: Kamrava was the physician who transferred all twelve of Nadya Suleman’s remaining embryos into her womb, resulting in the birth of octuplets in January 2009.

Normally, IVF practitioners are expected to transfer a maximum of four embryos in each fertility treatment, and selectively abort the children if more than one or two survive - a procedure Suleman refused.

Caruso noted that such “objectification of children” is of a piece with the IVF mentality, where aborting inconvenient children is both routine and encouraged.

“You’d be surprised how many people get to 23, 24 weeks, that used IVF, and have complications with their pregnancies,” he said. “And they say, ‘OK, fine. Just let it go.’ Because essentially they can just go back and do it again.”

Meanwhile, Caruso says his conversion is virtually unique among IVF practitioners in the United States, making him a pariah among colleagues.

“Most of my colleagues see me as absolutely ‘Looney Tunes’,” said the doctor..

Read the full EWTN article here.

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