"Eat, Pray, IVF" (Thursday)

(Start with "Monday" if you can. I've been talking about religion all week. I haven't a friend left on the planet.) So, what were we talking about? Oh right. How our major religions feel about IVF. Two days ago I discussed Christianity, yesterday Hinduism, today Islam, and tomorrow Judaism.  By Monday, only the atheists will have any faith in me.

On a website called The Modern Religion .com, I found some very interesting reading about Islam's view of IVF-type technologies.

According to this article: IVF is allowed among Muslims but the rules are very clear: Only between a husband and a wife. And only during the marriage.

If you get divorced, marriage over--you can't use his frozen buddies. (I guess the ex-husband gets them back as part of the settlement. I'm not sure what he can do with them but put them in his new bachelor freezer next to the leftover couscous.) 

If the husband dies, same deal. Til death do you part and his sperm parts with him.

A surrogate is a major no-no. According to this article, Islam frowns upon surrogacy for three main reasons:

1) If somebody else is carrying your baby it's like she crowbarred her way into your marriage contract.

(Islam apparently has some nutty notion that marriage, sex, and having children are, in some convoluted way, related.) 

2) Since surrogacy entails one woman getting pregnant with the intention of not keeping the baby and usually receiving a fee, the baby is reduced to being something bought and sold.

(I can see that becoming a problem in the U.S. with our obsession with yard sales.)

3) Competition between the two mothers (as the article put it) "has led to legal and other problems in America"

Say what I will in jest about the U.S., of course that last bit made me want to stand up like a big red, white, and blue mother bear defending her Country.

But then I remembered once seeing two women beating the crap out of each other over a seat on the subway.

Listen, I gotta go. I don't know where. I need a place where people won't mind that I'm talking about their religion... or, if they mind, at least they won't spit at me.

I'll talk with ya again tomorrow. Remember to take a peek at "The Health Experts ". This week's featured article: "How to ask (your doctor) questions... and how not to!"  http://laughingisconceivable.com/?page_id=642