Monday, October 4, 2010

IVF Inventor Honored with Nobel Prize for Medicine -- But Who's Got the Right Story?

This years Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to Robert Edwards, the 85 year old professor emeritus at the University of Cambridge. He is the man responsible for what we know today as IVF, a process of bringing together sperm and egg in a petri dish to fertilize and implant into a waiting womb A process that removes God and his plan for the unitive and procreative nature of man and women in the Sacrament of Marriage from the picture. Often, the procedure includes the implantation of the embryo into a womb that is not even genetically related to the baby implanted.The immoral gravity of the IVF process has been clearly determined by the Church in such Papal and Magisterial documents as Evangelium Vitae, Dignitas Personae.

With the news of this prestigious award going to a figure that made possible the death and destruction of extra embryos, the concept of selective reduction, not to mention the inhumane process of dehydralization and freezing of embryos, it is no surprise that the Vatican would offer a statement.

But, who has the correct quote?

In a story in the Washington Examiner, AP reporter Nicole Winfield writes:
Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the newly appointed head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said awarding the Nobel to Edwards is "not completely out of place." But he said it raised a great number of questions, not least because his research didn't treat the underlying problem of infertility but rather skirted it. (emphasis added)
Yet, BBC News reports it this way:
But he said the Nobel prize committee's choice of Prof Edwards had been "completely out of order" as without his treatment, there would be no market for human eggs "and there would not be a large number of freezers filled with embryos in the world", he told Italy's Ansa news agency. (emphasis added)
They can't both be right. What did the Monsignor actually say?

Zenit, whose tag line is The World Seen From Rome, confirms the AP statement of Monsignor Carrasco, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life:
The choice for Edwards, he said, "does not seem entirely out of place" as the 85-year-old retired professor is in line with "the logic followed by the Nobel committee" and is "not a person who can be belittled."(emphasis added)
I think it is easy to conclude that in deference to any of the positive advances in science that may have come  as a result of Edward's research, the Monsignor tried to offer some complimentary comment. Yet, if you read any of the stories in their entirety, you will note that he never waivers from the Church's teaching that IVF is gravely immoral.

It's funny how people hear what they want to hear...and report it as fact.


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