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The Christianity Today women’s blog provides news and analysis from the perspective of evangelical women. We cover news stories and books related to international justice and evangelism, pregnancy and sexual ethics, marriage, parenting, and celibacy, pop culture, health and body image, raising girls, and women in the church and parachurch.

Her.meneutics was co-founded by Katelyn Beaty and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

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Bearing Life in a Broken World: A Review of No Easy Choice

May 4, 2012 8:07 AM

Is donating sperm and eggs an act of kindness to a stranger or a breach of our common humanity? Should wealthy women be able to hire surrogate mothers to bear their babies? What are the ethical questions surrounding adoption, in...

How Much Do Our Stories Matter?

August 19, 2011 10:26 AM

In yesterday’s post, I told three stories about people who used reproductive technologies to have babies: A mother became pregnant via IVF after her first three children were tragically killed. A couple turned to an Indian surrogate to bear the...

Three Stories About Reproductive Technology

August 18, 2011 10:56 AM

What do the stories of a grieving mother, a couple traveling to India, and a fictional character have in common? All three stories involve people using reproductive technology to have a baby. In a Ladies Home Journal article, Jackie Hance...

A Woman, Not a 'Gestational Carrier'

January 18, 2011 10:03 AM

Editor's Note: This is the second Her.meneutics post responding to Melanie Thernstrom's New York Times Magazine article on twiblings. Ellen Painter Dollar covered it last week. As millions around the world celebrated the birth of Jesus, Elton John and his...

Troubled by the Twiblings?

January 13, 2011 9:00 AM

What do you call two siblings, with the same genetic parents, gestated by two different women, born five days apart, raised by a father with whom they share genes, and a mother with whom they do not? Twiblings, who were...

Abortion Case: Womb vs. Egg

October 15, 2010 10:10 AM

A British Columbia couple creates an embryo using in vitro fertilization (IVF). They contractually hire a surrogate mother to carry the child. Then they discover, through prenatal screening, that the baby has Down syndrome. The couple asks the surrogate...

A Concerning Nobel Prize

October 8, 2010 9:29 AM

Earlier this week, British biologist Robert G. Edwards won the Nobel Prize in medicine for developing in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology. Edwards and his late research partner, Patrick Steptoe, pioneered the process by which the first so-called “test tube” baby...

You're Never 'Ready' to Parent

July 14, 2010 9:50 AM

In The Washington Post last week, Gillian E. St. Lawrence wrote about her and her husband's decision to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) and have the resulting embryos frozen for later use, essentially donating their embryos to themselves. The Washington,...

Offering Grace to Infertile Couples

June 8, 2010 10:57 AM

“You can always adopt.” “Are you sure you want kids? You can borrow mine this weekend.” “I know you’re going to have a child. I can just sense it from the Lord.” These are just a few of the comments...

Get Your Free Human Eggs

March 24, 2010 8:40 AM

Imagine that you are a woman with an intractable medical problem. You awake each day desperate to find a way to live the life you have dreamed of. Your doctors have offered increasingly sophisticated, invasive, and expensive treatments, to no...

Where Does Francis Collins Stand on Stem-Cell Research?

July 13, 2009 11:10 AM

President Obama announced last Wednesday his pick of Francis Collins, former director of the Human Genome Project and an evangelical Christian, to lead the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the government's biomedical research wing. While a couple news reports...

Am I My Sister's Keeper?

June 26, 2009 9:06 AM

My Sister's Keeper, director Nick Cassavetes' (The Notebook) new weeper film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, releases today. Fans of the original 2004 Jodi Picoult novel may be expecting a cinematic exploration of the ethical ramifications of PIDG (pre-implantation...

Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Children?

April 21, 2009 8:33 AM

The last of Nadya Suleman's octuplets has been discharged from the hospital and is now at home with his family. Following a three-month stay at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Bellflower, California, Jonah Angel Suleman - who weighed only a...

Test Tube Ethics

April 16, 2009 9:28 AM

"Do not murder" seems to set forth a pretty clear ethical boundary. But what happens when science, ethics, and theology meet in one of the ever-expanding gray areas of modern medicine? President Obama's March 9 decision to open up...

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