Posts tagged Religion
Religion: Judaism and Fertility (Part 2 of 3)

The 14 million people globally who identify as belonging to some form of the Jewish faith – Orthodox (10% of followers), Conservative (5%), or Reform (85%) -- are generally encouraged to “be fruitful and multiply”. Broadly speaking, in Judaism if IVF is required, then it is permitted, although the exact process differs by Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Judaism, and by each Rabbi's point of view.

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Religion: Christianity and Fertility (Part 1 of 3)

How do the largest sects of Christianity view fertility? Most Protestant churches “have more liberal attitudes towards the traditional infertility workup and treatments”, but [sperm and egg] donation is forbidden. In Roman Catholicism, reproductive technology is considered “morally right” if it plays an assisting role in helping marital intercourse achieve its “procreative potential”. And while the Orthodox church can’t support assisted reproduction, it also does not outlaw relying on medical help.

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Egypt: Exploring fertility in a country of 100M

Does a public revolution lead to a private one? Population statistics suggest yes, at least in one country. In Egypt, exactly nine months after the February 2011 Arab Spring, birth rates increased dramatically. Egypt has long been known for its high population growth and fertility rates, and is on the verge of reaching a population of 100M, the highest in the Middle East by a wide margin.

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