A Dutch study published in the current edition of the Lancet shows that in vitro fertilization is no better than artificial insemination. Thus IVF, which according to experts is “an expensive procedure that is inconvenient and uncomfortable for the woman and requires highly trained staff”, is an undesirable option compared to insemination.

While many pro-lifers consider both artificial insemination and IVF morally objectionable since they alienate procreation from the procreative act (sexual intercourse), insemination would be considered the lesser of two evils. In Vitro Fertilization, the creation of human life outside the womb results in the death of already conceived, albeit tiny, babies, whereas insemination involves the injection of sperm into a woman during ovulation.

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