Religion: Yes to Test-Tube Babies

HEW panel urges lifting of U.S. ban on IVF research

Louise Brown, history's first "test-tube baby," could not have been born in the U.S. Since August 1975 the Federal Government has banned new grants for research on in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and without the money experimentation has virtually ceased. The ban was ordered because of deep moral qualms about scientific tampering with human reproduction. Besides that, IVF involves the moral status of the human embryo, a matter linked to the religiously anguishing abortion debate.

Now the situation is about to change. The Ethics Advisory Board of the...

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