Catholic Studies in Bioethics

The Ethics of Embryo Adoption and the Catholic Tradition

Moral Arguments, Economic Reality and Social Analysis

Editors: Brakman, Sarah-Vaughan, Fozard Weaver, Darlene (Eds.)

  • One of the first two collections on the Catholic Tradition and Embryo Adoption
  • The first Interdisciplinary contribution to Catholic scholarship on Embryo Adoption, with contributions from a medical practitioner and a couple who have embryo adopted, in addition to those from philosophers and theologians
  • Argues for new approaches to moral analysis of embryo adoption, while working within the Catholic Tradition
  • Goes beyond the moral permissibility of embryo adoption to investigate moral issues in the practice of embryo adoption
  • Includes a Protestant perspective on Catholic debates about the practice
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At last, a comprehensive collection of essays that examines and advances ethical evaluations of the controversial and increasingly popular practice of embryo adoption. In the United States alone, 400,000 frozen embryos created for in vitro fertilization exist but are no longer desired for that purpose. What are we morally obliged or permitted to do about these "spare" embryos? More of their genetic parents are considering donating these embryos to others to gestate and raise. This practice is politically volatile (figuring in debates about embryonic stem cells) and medically and morally complex. At the present time within the Roman Catholic Church there is no official teaching on embryo adoption. Catholic ethical analyses grapple with the way embryo adoption comports with respect for embryonic human life yet challenges Catholic moral critiques of assisted reproductive technologies. This volume brings together leading philosophers and theologians to engage Catholic debates about embryo adoption in an interactive format. The editors, a philosopher bioethicist and a moral theologian, provide a helpful overview of the practice and the arguments surrounding embryo adoption. They engage neglected Catholic ethical resources and issues to advance the current debate and chart new directions in Catholic moral thinking about this intriguing practice. The volume also includes a description of embryo adoption from a physician practitioner along with reflections from a couple who successfully adopted an embryo.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Ethics of Embryo Adoption and the Catholic Tradition

    Brakman, Sarah-Vaughan (et al.)

    Pages 3-23

  • Heterologous Embryo Transfer: Metaphor and Morality

    Stempsey, Reverend William E.

    Pages 25-41

  • Human Embryo Transfer and the Theology of the Body

    Althaus, Catherine

    Pages 43-67

  • On the Moral Objectionability of Human Embryo Adoption

    Pacholczyk, Reverend Tadeusz

    Pages 69-83

  • Could Human Embryo Transfer Be Intrinsically Immoral?

    Tollefsen, Christopher O.

    Pages 85-101

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eBook $199.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ethics of Embryo Adoption and the Catholic Tradition
Book Subtitle
Moral Arguments, Economic Reality and Social Analysis
Editors
  • Sarah-Vaughan Brakman
  • Darlene Fozard Weaver
Series Title
Catholic Studies in Bioethics
Series Volume
95
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6211-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6211-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6210-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7568-0
Series ISSN
0928-2661
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 326
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