Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to Test Tube Baby Pioneer

I have to admit that I have mixed reactions when reading about 85 years old professor Robert Edwards at the University of Cambridge receiving the Nobel Prize in medicine.

He began work on in vitro fertilization, or IVF in the late 70s, and as the Nobel committee says, he was “persistent and unperturbed in fulfilling his scientific vision,” and today, the odds of a couple having a baby after a single cycle of IVF treatment are about 1 in 5, roughly the same odds as a fertile couple trying to have children naturally…For millions of families, it created the possibility of a truly joyful and extraordinary event.”

I understand that successful IVF is huge for those who desperately want their own biological child. At the same time, this achievement has helped …

Continue reading “Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to Test Tube Baby Pioneer”

Italy’s Low Birthrates=Demographic Suicide?

On May 25th Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, addressed fellow Italian bishops at the 61st plenary assembly and called Italy’s declining birthrate  “slow demographic suicide.”   “Over 50% of families today are without children,” and according to the article on LifeSite news.com, Continue reading “Italy’s Low Birthrates=Demographic Suicide?”

Women Match Men in Higher Education- Impact on the Childfree?

According to 2009 census figures, for the first time women are just as likely as men to have completed college and to have an advanced degree.  Women represent about half of those in the U.S. who have a master’s degree or higher, largely due to more women pursuing medical and law degrees. And at current rates, Continue reading “Women Match Men in Higher Education- Impact on the Childfree?”