Hannah's Heart
Catholic Infertility
Support Group
Jacksonville, FL



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Catechism

2374  Couples who discover that they are sterile suffer greatly. "What will you give me," asks Abraham of God, "for I continue childless?" And Rachel cries to her husband Jacob, "Give me children, or I shall die!"

2375  Research aimed at reducing human sterility is to be encouraged, on condition that it is placed "at the service of the human person, of his inalienable rights, and his true and integral good according to the design and will of God."

2376  Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple, are gravely immoral. These techniques infringe the child's right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage.

2377  Techniques involving only the married couple are perhaps less reprehensible, yet remain morally unacceptable. They dissociate the sexual act from the procreative act.

2378  A child is a gift. The "supreme gift of marriage" is a human person.

2379  The Gospel shows that physical sterility is not an absolute evil. Spouses who still suffer from infertility after exhausting legitimate medical procedures should unite themselves with the Lord's Cross, the source of all spiritual fecundity. They can give expression to their generosity by adopting abandoned children or performing demanding services for others.