I am writing to comment on the article entitled “The Price of Family” detailing a couple’s struggle with infertility and giving more information about the procedure known as IVF. In the article, the struggling couple mentions that the parents of one of the spouses were “pretty strict Catholics” and imply that because of this the parents were not on board with the couple’s decision to utilize IVF to build a family. This is presumably because the IVF procedure is against Catholic teaching. For those who wish to learn more about why the Catholic Church teaches this, I urge you to consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church which is available online. It is important to note however that there is a moral alternative to IVF that many Catholic infertile couples have used to build a family. This alternative is known as “NaPro Technology” and more information can be found about it at the website of the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Neb., the leading NaPro Technology center in the country ( HYPERLINK “http://www.popepaulvi.com” \t “_blank” www.popepaulvi.com). I encourage infertile Catholic couples who wish to remain true to the Church to seek out this alternative.
Ann Heilman, 46032