No Easy Choice A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction

ISBN-10: 0664236901

ISBN-13: 9780664236908

Edition: 2012

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Increasingly sophisticated and available reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilization and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, raise moral, theological, and emotional concerns that are particularly significant for Christians. How do we respond to urgent questions of human worth and suffering? How do we define the "good life" in a consumer society that values appearance, success, health, and perfection? Many people facing decisions about whether to use reproductive technology have few resources to help them contemplate their choices. Pastors often know very little about these technologies or the moral questions they raise. Market-oriented fertility clinics are so focused on achieving pregnancies and "take-home babies" that they rarely offer patients time and resources for considering complex ethical and emotional questions.No Easy Choice provides a Christian response to reproductive technologies. Dollar combines her story of living with a disabling genetic bone disorder and choosing to have biological children with extensive discussion of other resources. Questions at the end of each chapter will help readers delve more deeply into issues raised by reproductive technology and come to their own conclusions. The book is appropriate for prospective parents, pastors, medical personnel, genetic counselors, and students and teachers of Christian ethics.
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 1/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Ellen Painter Dollar is a writer and mother of three living in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has written about faith, motherhood, and disability for a variety of organizations, publications, and blogs, including Christianity Today, the American Medical Association, the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, the Hartford Courant, and the Episcopal Cafe. She currently blogs at Visit her Web site at

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