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J Relig Health. 2019 Sep 14. doi: 10.1007/s10943-019-00913-8. [Epub ahead of print]

The Principle of "Damage Exclusion" as a Benchmark in Catholic Discussions of Homologous Artificial Insemination.

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1
Mind-Brain Group, Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), University of Navarra, Office 2160, Campus Universitario, 31009, Pamplona, Spain.
2
Mind-Brain Group, Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), University of Navarra, Office 2160, Campus Universitario, 31009, Pamplona, Spain. fguell@unav.es.

Abstract

The Catholic perspective rejects assisted human reproduction techniques, but the morality of artificial insemination (AI) is open for discussion. This article aims to analyze the morality of AI from a new angle, namely whether these interventions exclude all possibility of damaging the human embryo and the offspring's health. The scientific evidence about the children's health who are born through AI allows us to affirm that the procedures do not comply with the principle of damage exclusion: AI does not exclude all possibility of damaging the embryo and impacting the health and exposure to disease of the offspring born through these techniques.

KEYWORDS:

Assisted human reproduction; Catholic morality; Gamete manipulation; Human embryo; Offspring’s health

PMID:
31522326
DOI:
10.1007/s10943-019-00913-8

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