BONUS 239: Faith, Religion & Infertility

December 27, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Rabbi Elchanan Poupko.

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Rabbi Poupko and Heather discuss everything you need to know about faith, religion, and infertility:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about yourself.

RELIGION & INFERTILITY

  • How are faith and religion different from each other, yet interconnected? Can one exist without the other, in your opinion?
  • What misconceptions might infertility warriors have about faith throughout their journey, and what are the facts?
  • What misconceptions might infertility warriors have about religion throughout their journey, and what are the facts?
  • What role does faith play in the struggle with infertility?
  • What unique social circumstances create a stigma around the topic of infertility? How are those addressed?
  • What historical context do religious communities have to offer on the issue of infertility?
  • Briefly, how do the major religions view assisted reproductive technology, adoption, and gestational surrogacy?
  • How can someone rely on faith for help when struggling with infertility?
  • Life seldom turns out the way we plan — especially for those of us who live with infertility. Questions inevitably arise. How does one address these difficult questions from a standpoint of faith?
  • As a medical condition, the treatment of infertility is deeply rooted in science. How can infertility warriors extend their faith in a higher power to also include faith in the scientific process?
  • How can the religious community overall across the major religions better support infertility warriors?
  • Similarly, how can fertility treatment teams better approach the role faith plays in an infertility warrior’s life? Do you have any examples?
  • Does being part of a religious community make this journey easier or harder? Please explain.
  • How can infertility warriors advocate for their needs with regard to their faith throughout the treatment process?
  • In your opinion, what is the biggest ethical concern in today’s practice of reproductive medicine, and why?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

ETHICS & INFERTILITY

  • In your opinion, what are the biggest ethical concerns in today’s practice of reproductive medicine? Please explain.
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to someone who’s just starting their infertility journey right now?

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