Jewish Views on Reproductive Technology: Part 2

This is the second of two posts on Jewish perspectives on reproductive technology. I posted Part 1 yesterday. Central Role of Procreation in Jewish Theology Judaism emphasizes the procreative purpose of marriage—its role in fulfilling God’s command to be fruitful and multiply—to a greater extent than many Christian denominations do. Having children is one of [Read More...]

Jewish Views on Reproductive Technology: Part 1

Frequently, when discussing reproductive issues (abortion, repro tech, etc.) among Christians, Old Testament scriptures come up. Psalm 139, for example, is frequently cited for its beautiful notion that God knows us intimately from our earliest days in the womb: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise [Read More...]

Another Q&A on “No Easy Choice”

Yesterday, Sandra Glahn (co-author of several books on infertility with Dr. William Cutrer) featured a Q&A with me about my book, No Easy Choice, on her blog. Check it out here. [Read more...]

No Easy Choice: A Review and a Q&A

Fellow Patheos blogger has written a lovely review of my book, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction over at Her.meneutics, the women’s blog for Christianity Today. In conjunction with review, Amy Julia published a Q&A with me on her blog today. She asks really great [Read More...]

A Conversation About Reproductive Decisions and Faith

I was privileged to have a wonderful conversation several weeks ago with Martha Manikas-Foster, who hosts a show called Inside Out for Family Life Radio. Martha and I have talked and corresponded over the past couple of years about several topics, most recently my book No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith [Read More...]

Yes, Low-Tech Treatments for Infertility Do Exist

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by Stacie Longwell Hill, guest blogger Editorial note from Ellen: I was thrilled to recently make the acquaintance of Stacie Longwell Hill, who has experience in both bioethics and as an embryologist in a fertility clinic.  She shares my Christian faith, and has worked alongside Christian physicians treating couples for infertility. Stacie currently works in [Read More...]

Three Things I Admire About Catholic Reproductive Ethics

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As a lifelong Protestant, I’m always surprised to find myself defending Catholic positions on reproductive ethics when others criticize them. Often, people’s criticisms of Catholic teachings about reproduction and sex are based on laughably inaccurate assumptions. These are some of the most egregious criticisms I’ve heard: – Catholic leaders just want people to have more [Read More...]

Why I Wrote a Wishy-Washy Book

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In re-reading Kathleen Norris’s sort-of-memoir Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life, I came across this declaration: I am telling stories, not writing prescriptions. And I thought, Yes! Yes. Me too. In writing about her experience with acedia (a state of spiritual malaise and indifference), Norris might end up helping readers recognize [Read More...]


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