EWTN Catholic Q&A
Frozen embryos IVF
Question from Anonymous on 08-30-2013:

Is the Church any closer to offering a resolution to the status of frozen embryos? If this resolution is years away, what should a couple do as far as instruction for frozen embryos upon their death? Thank you.

Answer by Judie Brown on 09-23-2013:

Dear Anonymous

Here is the latest

"The proposal that these embryos could be put at the disposal of infertile couples as a treatment for infertility is not ethically acceptable for the same reasons which make artificial heterologous procreation illicit as well as any form of surrogate motherhood; 38 this practice would also lead to other problems of a medical, psychological and legal nature."

This position is based on Church teaching as contained in Dignitas Personae which you can read here: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm? recnum=8597#_ftn38

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