AND THE IVF CASE STUDY

Qatar Today - - RESEARCH > LISTENING POST -

“YES, SUB­JEC­TIV­ITY IS AN IS­SUE, ES­PE­CIALLY WHEN THE TOPIC IS BE­ING DIS­CUSSED FOR THE FIRST TIME. WHEN THE IS­LAMIC RE­LI­GIOUS SCHOL­ARS FIRST STARTED TALK­ING ABOUT IN VITRO FER­TIL­IZA­TION (IVF), THEY WERE SHOCKED; THEY COM­PLETELY RE­JECTED IT BE­CAUSE THEY FELT BE­ING CON­CEIVED IN A TEST TUBE OR A PETRI DISH VI­O­LATED THE DIG­NITY OF A CHILD. THEY ALSO SAID PRO­CRE­ATION WAS RE­LATED TO SEX­UAL IN­TER­COURSE AND IVF WILL MARGINALISE THE IN­TI­MACY BE­TWEEN COU­PLES. BUT LATER, AS THE COL­LEC­TIVE DIS­CUS­SIONS STARTED HAP­PEN­ING, WE DIDN'T SEE TH­ESE AR­GU­MENTS RESUR­FACE. IT WAS DE­CIDED THAT IT IS AC­CEPT­ABLE IN PRIN­CI­PLE AS LONG AS IT'S BE­TWEEN A MAR­RIED COUPLE. AND THAT'S HOW IT'S BEEN DONE FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS EVEN THOUGH MOST COUN­TRIES DON'T HAVE ANY SPE­CIFIC LAWS ABOUT THIS. WHEN I STARTED STUDY­ING ABOUT GE­NOMICS, SOME OF THE PRO­CE­DURES IN­VOLV­ING IN­SERT­ING HU­MAN GENES INTO LAB AN­I­MALS WERE QUITE SHOCK­ING. LATER YOU CALM DOWN AND BET­TER UNDERSTAND THE DE­TAILS. THAT'S HOW YOU MIN­I­MIZE SUB­JEC­TIV­ITY – AN IN­FORMED AND COL­LEC­TIVE AP­PROACH.”

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