Fertility/Infertility Awareness/Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART/IVF)
Public Information & Education
- Coalition Against Reproductive Trafficking
- Gianna Center of the Gulf South - Infertility Information
- Woman's New Life Center - Infertility Information
- Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology -- A USCCB teaching statement on Artificial Reproductive Technologies
- Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops' Statement on Gestational Surrogacy
- Meeting ideas
- Bulletin insert ideas
- Handouts (click links to order/download)
- Speakers' topics
- Gianna Center of the Gulf South — ProLife well-woman OB/GYN care including medical & surgical infertility treatment - medical & surgical, Creighton Model Natural Family Planning
- Hope Woman’s Clinic — Pro-life well-woman GYN care including medical infertiilty treatment, Creighton Model Natural Family Planning & Family of the Americas Natural Family Planning
- Natural Family Planning methods in the Archdiocese that teach Fertility/Infertility Awareness
Prayer & Worship
Prayer for those struggling with Infertility:
Mother of Christ, you were graced by God with the privilege of bearing our Divine Savior. You experienced the joys and challenges of being a parent. Your life was blessed with seeing Jesus grow from infancy and childhood, into his adult years of teaching a ministry. With St. Joseph, you created a home for your family to love and share together. Please intercede before the God of all life, that those struggling with infertility may conceive a baby and raise healthy children, with whom they can share the Lord’s good gifts. May their children honor them and You by lives of virtue and caring for others. May their home be holy and their family be blessed with health, happiness and abiding love. And for those for whom conceiving a child is not possible may their love for each other be fruitful. Help them not to become bitter when they encounter others who devalue life. May those who cannot give birth to a child see other ways in which they can give life to others. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (sources: Nine Day Prayer to St. Gerard & Catholic Prayers)
Church Teaching on ARTs
From Donum Vitae (7, 8):
“A medical intervention respects the dignity of persons when it seeks to assist the conjugal act either in order to facilitate its performance or in order to enable it to achieve its objective once it has been normally performed"(56). On the other hand, it sometimes happens that a medical procedure technologically replaces the conjugal act in order to obtain a procreation which is neither its result nor its fruit. In this case the medical act is not, as it should be, at the service of conjugal union but rather appropriates to itself the procreative function and thus contradicts the dignity and the inalienable rights of the spouses and of the child to be born.
The suffering of spouses who cannot have children or who are afraid of bringing a handicapped child into the world is a suffering that everyone must understand and properly evaluate. On the part of the spouses, the desire for a child is natural: it expresses the vocation to fatherhood and motherhood inscribed in conjugal love. This desire can be even stronger if the couple is affected by sterility which appears incurable. Nevertheless, marriage does not confer upon the spouses the right to have a child, but only the right to perform those natural acts which are per se ordered to procreation.”
“In light of this principle, all techniques of heterologous artificial fertilization, as well as those techniques of homologous artificial fertilization which substitute for the conjugal act, are to be excluded. On the other hand, techniques which act as an aid to the conjugal act and its fertility are permitted…
Cryopreservation is incompatible with the respect owed to human embryos; it presupposes their production in vitro; it exposes them to the serious risk of death or physical harm, since a high percentage does not survive the process of freezing and thawing; it deprives them at least temporarily of maternal reception and gestation; it places them in a situation in which they are susceptible to further offense and manipulation.
The majority of embryos that are not used remain “orphans”. Their parents do not ask for them and at times all trace of the parents is lost. This is why there are thousands upon thousands of frozen embryos in almost all countries where in vitro fertilization takes place.