A Protestant View: The Ethics of Embryo Adoption and the Catholic Tradition

  • Eric Gregory
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 95)

This paper offers a Protestant perspective on Roman Catholic debates regarding the moral permissibility of transferring and adopting genetically unrelated embryos that have been abandoned or designated for donation. The relative silence in Protestant bioethics on these issues stands in contrast to the vigor of Catholic discussions. This neglect is striking in light of both the significant role of mainline Protestants in supporting the practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF) which gave rise to such novel possibilities and the growing support of embryo adoption by evangelical Protestants (Berkman, 2002; Cooperman, 2005; Ennis, 2005; Saake, 2005). The essay affirms the inherent morality of both the transfer and adoption of abandoned embryos. But, it also expresses reservations about the current practice. For theological reasons, it encourages a critical attitude toward potentially vicious reasons for which it is promoted in our cultural context.


Embryo Transfer Assisted Reproductive Technology Moral Realism Grand Rapid Freeze Embryo 
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  • Eric Gregory
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  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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