Last year I brought up the debate over the ethics of embryo adoption in the Catholic Church. Something that I was not even aware was a debate at all. For most people, if the choice is between destroying these embryos and giving them a chance to be born and live regular lives, this seems pretty cut and dried. But, as Catholics, we know there is more to consider.
Over at Ignitum Today, Leah Jacobson examines the debate through the eyes of a “New Feminist”:
As a New Feminist I subscribe to the belief that God created women’s bodies to cooperate with the Divine in the very natural physical acts of nourishing new human life through conceiving, gestating, and lactating for the benefit of our offspring. Suppressing or altering these natural female abilities for matters of convenience is unethical in that it violates the natural order and diminishes the great contribution of women to our world. So it would seem that based upon these preliminary tenants of New Feminism that the natural process of reproduction is grossly altered in creating these embryos, thus the resulting practice of embryo adoption is immoral.
However, New Feminism also emphasizes the contribution of women as “mothers of humanity”. We see motherhood, either physical or spiritual, as the ultimate fulfillment of woman’s purpose. Our bodies were made to mother; as were our spirits created to be in tune to those in need. No matter where a woman is called vocationally (the home, the office, the convent), she is equivocally called to infuse her environment with her feminine gifts. She is called to bring the unconditional love, acceptance, and hospitality towards others that physical mothers offer their own children.
There is still no official teaching on embryo adoption from the Catholic Church, so the debate goes on. Last year Dr. Gerard Nadal tackled the debate from a pro-adoption stance in three parts: