Procreation is a biological occurrence that is endowed by our creator. Reproduction includes using scientific means to create a child or “product” such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and surrogacy. A child created bu procreation is begotten while a “product” that stems from artificial means is considered made. A child who is thus begotten, not made, embodies the union of his father and mother. They have not simply reproduced themselves, nor are they merely a cause of which the child is an effect. Rather, the power of their mutual love has given rise to another who, though different from them and equal in dignity to them, manifests in his person the love that unites them. Their love-giving has been life-giving; it is truly procreation (Meilander, 2003).
I find myself conflicted about this issue. I do not like the thought of any child being called a product and it just seems morally wrong. However, I do have my own opinions about how these alternative methods have provided people who are not married the opportunity to have children. I know that many don’t agree with my opinion but I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman and though I do not feel anyone should be crucified or bullied for making a choice to be in a same sex relationship, I do not believe that they should be able to adopt kids or parent kids by any other means. My sister married a woman after having three kids and I talk to them about how they feel often. Mostly, they are confused by it but the oldest one holds a lot of anger. Also, I don’t believe that single people should have children. Every child should be afforded the opportunity to have both a mother and a father. I think that is important for their development.
Meilaender, G (2013). Bioethics: A primer for Christians. Retrieved from http://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/wm-b-eerdmans-publishing-co/2013/bioethics_a-primer-for-christians_ebook_3e.php