In recent years scientists have developed techniques that can help infertile couples have children. A key principle for some Hindus is that of the sanctity of life.
What is fertility?
A word for the existence of God
The natural ability of humans to reproduce
Changing one genetic form to another
What is surrogacy?
The inability of a woman to reproduce
Having a child by IVF
When a woman carries the 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?
Every life is holy as it is created by God
No life is more important than any other
Life can be ended whenever a doctor wishes to end it
Why are some Hindus against the use of IVF to overcome infertility?
They believe everyone should have children
They believe being infertile could be karmic debt that the couple need to 'pay'
Because IVF is very expensive
Why might some Hindus be willing to be donors or surrogates for family members or sometimes, other childless couples?
They believe that the principles of dharma emphasise giving help to others
They believe helping others to have children is negative action
They believe it will lead directly to moksha
Why might strict followers of ahimsa say most fertility treatments are unacceptable?
Because they believe the world is already overpopulated
Because most fertility treatments could involve eventually destroying unused embryos, which is an act of violence
Because they are scared of going to hospital for the treatment
Why do many Hindus favour adoption (especially within the family) over using fertility treatments?
Adpotion is more common and family knows best
Fertilty treatments are not legal but adopting is
It's in line with the principles of dharma to give a child a loving home, and if it is within the family the child's background is known
Why might many Hindus support therapeutic cloning?
They don't believe embryos have an atman at such an early stage of development and the results may benefit humanity
They don't believe embryos have an atman until after birth
They believe embryos like being experimented upon
Why might some Hindus say therapeutic cloning may prevent some atman paying karmic debt?
They believe the suffering of any illness or injury is part of karmic debt
They believe nobody should pay karmic debt
They believe therapeutic cloning is karmic debt