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Honestly, this is one of the silliest articles I have ever read in
the Journal of Medical Ethics. Apart from a host of other objections, I
wonder if the author has investigated whether IVF actually raises the
birth-rate, an essential consideration if she is to prove that the pitter-
patter of little carbon footprints is environmentally unsustainable.
I suspect that the net effect of IVF is to depress the birth-ra...
I suspect that the net effect of IVF is to depress the birth-rate.
One of the few studies of this issue was done in 2007 by Rand Europe
http://goo.gl/U4VkVj. It pointed out that the availability of IVF leads
women to delay child-bearing. For some of them it will be too late for
them to have a child, even with IVF. If this is true, says the report,
"then it may actually have a negative effect on the [total fertility rate]
and consequently lead to further ageing of the population".
Good theology, like good bioethics, is based on facts.