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...]

When Parents Hope for Their Children to be Cured, Are We Really Wishing That They “Cease to Be”?

Messages about Andrew Solomon’s new book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity have been coming steadily into my inbox over the past few days. The author interviewed hundreds of families in which a child has some identifiable difference—autism, Down syndrome, violent criminal tendencies, being the child of rape. His resulting [Read More...]

Does Prenatal Testing Equal Eugenics?

My colleague and friend Amy Julia Becker had an interesting conversation on her blog earlier this week, in which she and her readers discussed “whether or not those of us with children with Down syndrome should allow abortion into the conversation surrounding prenatal diagnosis.” Most of the people Amy Julia cited in her post, as [Read More...]

Valuing Life, Preventing Suffering: A Central Tension in Genetic Screening for Disability

I’m attending and speaking at the 3rd annual Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, held this year at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. This afternoon, I will read from my book, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction, and host a conversation on the promises [Read More...]

A Collection of Stories About Reproductive Technology

As Amy Julia Becker so eloquently wrote in her review of my book last week, and as I further explained in the comments section of that review, considering the ethical questions raised by reproductive technology in the context of real people’s stories is hard but important work. Stories illuminate, and they complicate. As I said [Read More...]

The Scary Side of Noninvasive Prenatal Testing

Will insurance companies someday help bring about a “Gattaca-like two-tiered society, in which parents with good access to health care produce flawless, carefully selected offspring and the rest of us spawn naturals”? Will our government one day require expectant mothers to undergo genetic testing on their fetuses? Will debates over prenatal genetic testing ultimately affect [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...]

I’m Taking a Blogging Break (But Here’s Some Other Stuff to Read)

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I’m taking a short blogging hiatus (for the rest of this week, possibly into next week) to devote time to some other pressing work. I owe blog posts and essays to several people, I haven’t yet filed my taxes, and my bathrooms are really dirty. Plus it’s parent-teacher conference week at my kids’ schools, which [Read More...]


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