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Faith and the ART of infertility treatment

Nobody wants to come see me," says Laurence Jacobs, head of the reproductive endocrinology/infertility department at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill. By the time Jacobs sees a couple, they've been trying to conceive a baby for at least one year — or as long as 10 years.

Jacobs can offer hope. Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) allow many couples with fertility problems to bear children. But with the plethora of options come tough decisions. Couples must weigh the financial, emotional and physical costs of each treatment against its chances for success. For many, the ethical ramifications of creating life in a lab is also a consideration. Christian couples often look to their faith for guidance.


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