After my appointment on Wednesday I received word that all is a go! I am scheduled to transfer our last frozen embryo, our last child conceived by IVF, early morning on March 2nd! I’ll keep you updated!
Knowing that we will never need to rescue another of our own children from his/her frozen enslavement brings me peace, but not completely. There are still over 600,000 embryos in the U.S., waiting to continue their lives, stagnant in time, hoping to be loved and nurtured by their parents. So what do we do about that? We can stop this very large number from increasing through our actions and our prayers by using the Spiritual Works of Mercy!
Admonish the Sinner
If someone you know is thinking of doing IVF, then tell them why it is wrong and the moral dilemmas they will be faced with if they go through with it. This is a great site that explains why IVF seems like good intentions, but in reality it is extremely immoral.
Instruct the Ignorant
Teach everyone about the immorality of IVF. I guarantee that most people don’t know the truth. If you are the ignorant or would like to show someone more information on the immorality of IVF, watch this IVF video by Father Tad Pacholczyk for great commentary. If you’ve been through IVF and know the implications, your story is your most powerful weapon. Here is mine.
Counsel the Doubtful
Infertility is hard, it’s heartbreaking, and it’s not easy to be around friends and family who pop out babies left and right while you suffer. This makes it all the more difficult to stay the course and remain on moral high ground. IVF clinics are showing up like Donut shops and they claim to offer you that child that you so desperately want to hold and love. It’s enticing, but at what cost? Not just financially, but ethically? If you or if you know someone who doubts the unethical actions of IVF then please watch Father Tad’s video above. What other option do you have? NaproTechnology. Watch this video by New Hope Infertility for a detailed explanation.
Comfort the Sorrowful
Do you know someone who is struggling with infertility or who has lost children through IVF or is dealing with the moral dilemmas that IVF brings? Be there for them. Listen. Offer help in any way. Hug them. Let them know how to be patient and wait for God’s plan or to seek forgiveness through confession.
Bear Wrongs Patiently/Forgive All Injuries
Forgive anyone that might have coerced you into doing IVF or who was involved in the act, such as the nurses and doctors at your IVF clinic. If you are the one who needs to be forgiven for undergoing IVF when you knew that it was wrong then please go to confession. If you need to forgive someone else for having gone through IVF when you specifically told them it was wrong, don’t hold it against them. We all do crazy, stupid things when under duress and through desperation. It’s what we do with our mistakes that make us good and holy.
Pray for the Living and the Dead
Pray, pray, pray for all of the embryos that are still frozen. That they will one day continue their lives, be born, participate fully in God’s creation, or that they are released from their stagnation and die in peace. Pray that their parents realize the unethical depth of IVF, seek moral guidance and do what is right. Pray for those contemplating the act of IVF and that they alter their decision and choose a route that does not create life outside of their marriage, nor manipulate, or destroy it in the process. Pray for all the children that have been eradicated due to IVF’s abuse of life. Pray for the salvation of their souls, their parents souls, and the souls of the employees in the IVF industry.