In recent years science has developed techniques to help infertile couples conceive. Muslims must balance technology with their belief that Allah alone decides when new life is brought into the world.
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 experimentation 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 sacred 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 do some Muslims think that scientists are 'playing God' with modern reproductive techniques?
Only God should decide when a woman has a child
Scientists do not respect the natural creation of children
Scientists are making the decision when a couple should have children
Why would AIH be acceptable to some Muslims?
It can help a married couple to have a child without the use of genetic material from a third person
This process is widely used in society
This process creates an embryo
Why would many Muslims be against AID?
The parentage of the child would be unknown
It has a high rate of failure
Using the sperm or egg of a third party is seen as a form of adultery
Is asking a surrogate mother to carry a child an acceptable solution for a Muslim couple who cannot have their own child?
Yes - Muslims are required to create a family at all costs
Yes - as long as the sperm and egg come from the married couple
No - it introduces a third person into the birth process and is a form of adultery
How do many Muslims feel about scientists using their skills to create life?
They should do everything they can with them, regardless of how morally unacceptable the action or outcome is
They must limit themselves to things that have already been proved acceptable
They are gifts from Allah to use wisely
When would theraputic cloning be acceptable to some Muslims?
In order to create stem cells for medical use
To advance the research into human cloning
To create 'designer children'