1993 / 11月
Chang Chung-fang /tr. by Brent Heinrich
In July of 1978, the first test-tube baby was born. Since the birth of Louise Brown in England fifteen years ago, over 10,000 test-tube babies have been born all over the world.
In April of 1985, the Veteran's General Hospital took the lead in the field of in vitro fertilization, successfully cultivating Taiwan's first test-tube baby. From that time until the end of last year, all of Taiwan's large medical centers have produced testtube babies by in vitro fertilization. The total number of babies exceeds 700.
Today in vitro fertilization techniques that make "test-tube babies" are already extensively used to treat infertility. Over ten years ago, however, using science to "create human life" was viewed by many people as something heretical, especially by followers of Catholicism. They considered creating human life to be the work of God; mere humans should not be engaged in it. Furthermore, the process of making test-tube babies also involved masturbation to collect sperm, behavior which is also against the will of God.
In present times, adherents of Catholicism have expressed welcome to the test-tube babies that have come into the world, but they still regard with some apprehension the notion of doctors' creating human life.