What's wrong with in vitro?

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The National Catholic Register

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Catholic teaching has called in-vitro fertilization techniques immoral for decades. But most Catholics still haven't heard the news.
California attorneys Anthony and Stephanie Epolite found out the hard way that in-vitro fertilization wasn't all it's cracked up to be. After years of marriage, and facing her 39th birthday still without a baby, Stephanie turned to a fertility clinic


But other technologies, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) fall into a "gray area."

I had heard about GIFT, but what is the "gray area" regarding IUI -- is this another case of taking sperm obtained from normal intercourse and "helping it along," different from what most people probably think of as artificial insemination?

IUI is only morally acceptable IF the sperm is obtained through fertile marital intercourse and then treated and inserted. GIFT likewise.

The article seems to say they're both still controversial -- I knew GIFT was but hadn't realized "IUI" ever referred to a procedure the morality of which is at least unsettled in authentic Catholic thought. Thanks for the info.

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