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A wonderful document is available on the web site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - "Begotten Not Made: A Catholic View of Reproductive Technology." As that document explains, "if a given medical intervention helps or assists the marriage act to achieve pregnancy, it may be considered moral; if the intervention replaces the marriage act in order to engender life, it is not moral." The Church has emphatically pointed out the immorality of such procedures as the so-called "donation" of eggs or sperm, as well as of IVF. This book is completely remiss, in failing to reference the morally acceptable and scientifically phenomenal work of Dr. Thomas Hilgers, the Creighton Model, and NaPro Technology. Ironically, however, it (probably unintentionally) does provides support for what's being said by the advocates of moral means:
"If you are trying to get pregnant, the first thing you need to do is start charting your monthly cycle....Buy an over-the-counter predictor kit..."(p. 24)
"Your body provides a lot of clues....
- you can chart your cycle by monitoring changes in your basal body temperature....
- During your most fertile days....Your cervical mucus..., becomes watery and
- At the beginning of your cycle, your cervix is low..., firm and closed. As you approach ovulation, it moves up high, softens, and opens slightly" (pp. 26, 27)
"Because assistive reproductive technologies are still relatively new, their long-term side effects on the children they help conceive are unknown" (p. 77).
In regard to fertility clinics, "Government regulation is pretty limited, sot it's up to you to protect yourself" (p. 106).In regard to foregoing contraceptives, "The prospect of creating a new life together gives your sex life a turbo charge" (p. 134).