Is egg or embryo donation Biblical?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I personally see a parallel between such practices and Biblical accounts of the patriarchs (whether acting with God's approval or not) using "surrogate mothers" to produce children or heirs, as Abram (later Abraham) did with Sarai's servant Hagar (Genesis 16), and Jacob did with his wives' servants Bilhah (Rachel's handmaid) and Zilpah (Leah's handmaid)(Genesis 30). (And each with their wives' knowledge and consent -- and even urging!)

It would seem to me that an act such as egg or sperm donation would normally not arise from selfish motives or purposes, but would be done in a spirit of helping individuals or couples who want children, but cannot conceive naturally (for whatever reason).

The only times (again, to me personally) that such an action might be called into question from a Biblical standpoint would be if it was done strictly for monetary purposes or compensation, or if it would result in a child being conceived and born (in the absence of any unforeseen events such as divorce, or the death of the father prior to birth, or of the mother during birth) into other than a two-parent heterosexual family context, as I think that the Bible clearly indicates that this is the environment in which God intended children to be raised under normal circumstances.

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