Scientists have developed techniques that can help infertile couples have children. A key principle for Christians is the sanctity of life. How this is applied varies with different denominations.
What is human fertility?
A word for the existence of God
The natural ability of humans to reproduce
A treatment to help a couple to conceive a child
What is surrogacy?
The inability of a woman to reproduce
Having a child by IVF
When a woman carries a child of other people in her womb
For how long does UK law allow experiments on embryos?
Up to 7 days
Up to 14 days
Up to 21 days
What does the term 'sanctity of life' mean for Christians?
Human life is sacred as it is created by God and should therefore be protected and respected
No life is more important than any other
Life can be ended whenever a doctor wishes to end it
Why do some Christians think scientists are 'playing God' when they create life using modern reproductive technologies?
Only God should decide when a woman has a child, not scientists
All scientists deny that God exists
Scientists cannot help a woman to have a child using reproductive technologies
Why do some Christians support modern fertility treatments?
There are not enough children available for adoption
Modern fertility treatments can create perfect children
There are examples in the Bible of God helping childless couples to have children
Why do many Christians reject the use of reproductive cloning?
They believe couples who cannot have a child should accept their situation as God's will
It undermines the uniqueness of each individual
Couples who cannot have their own biological child should adopt
How do many Christians regard the skills used by doctors?
Doctors should do everything that they can to create life, regardless of how morally unacceptable the action is to Christian ethics
Doctors should limit themselves to techniques that are already considered acceptable
A doctor's skills are gifts from God to be used wisely
At what point does life begin according to the Roman Catholic Church?
At 14 days
Why do some Christians reject surrogacy?
The birth mother might not want to give up the baby once it is born
It is a form of adultery because it introduces a third person into the relationship
It denies the father a role in the child's early life