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Are you interested in learning about the ethical debate surrounding in vitro fertilization? Then check out our latest article, which explores both sides of the issue.

#109: Are the Unborn Organisms? / In Vitro Fertilization (2 of 2)

In the previous episode, Paul and Matt discussed the nature of the soul and when it enters the body. In this episode, they continue their conversation by discussing the question of when human life begins. They consider the view that human life begins at fertilization, and they critically evaluate various arguments for this view. They also consider the view that human life begins at some point later than fertilization, and they critically evaluate various arguments for this view. In the course of their discussion, they consider the question of whether in vitro fertilization is morally permissible.

Show Notes

  1. What is a soul? (02:30)
  2. The view that human life begins at fertilization (07:30)
    • The argument from continuity (08:15)
    • The argument from potentiality (10:00)
    • The argument from immediate animation (12:00)
    • The argument from twinning (13:30)
    • The argument from the individuation of the zygote (14:30)
  3. The view that human life begins at some point later than fertilization (18:00)
    • The argument from delayed animation (18:30)
    • The argument from brain development (20:15)
    • The argument from personhood (23:00)
  4. In vitro fertilization (28:30)
    • What is in vitro fertilization? (28:45)
    • The morality of in vitro fertilization (30:30)
Trent Horn from Justice For All join us to answer the question, “are the unborn organisms?” Trent answers the questions:

– What differentiates a living human embryo from other living human tissue like cancer cells?

– How do you respond when someone says “an organism must be a separate, independent entity?”

– A new pro-choice argument is that an organism must be able to direct its own growth, but an embryo requires the mother’s RNA to do this. How do you respond?

Pro-life advocates would be wise to learn how to respond to these questions, as they are coming up more and more often.

Listener Mail: “Why do you think the area of in vitro fertilization is so often ignored by the pro-life movement? What should pro-lifers be doing about IVF, and why?”

Read the CNN story about in vitro fertilization Josh quoted:

tinyurl.com/4nvecjp