Ep. 27 - Dystopia is Here: Bioethical Crises Abound w/ Samantha Stephenson


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In this conversation, Samantha Stephenson discusses her interest in bioethics and how she became involved in the field. She explains the appeal of dystopian fiction and its connection to bioethical issues. Samantha also delves into the problems with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and the impact on women's health and the dignity of the child. She highlights the alternative option of NaPro Technology for addressing infertility. Lastly, she explores the concept of artificial wombs and the ethical considerations surrounding their use.

In this conversation, Samantha Stephenson and Will Wright discuss the ethical implications of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and related technologies. They explore the dilemma of frozen embryos and the lack of resolution for their fate. They also delve into the impact of IVF on the unity within marriage and the potential for reproductive infidelity. Additionally, they discuss the astonishing realities of genetic editing and cloning, including the creation of mini brains with developed eyes and the splicing of human DNA into animals.


  • Bioethics explores the intersection of reason, faith, and moral issues.

  • Dystopian fiction provides a platform to discuss bioethical topics and imagine the consequences of certain practices.

  • In vitro fertilization (IVF) undermines women's health and the dignity of the child.

  • NaPro Technology offers an alternative solution for infertility that respects the dignity of both women and children.

  • The development of artificial wombs raises ethical questions about the role of maternal touch and the potential for commodification of human life. The issue of frozen embryos presents an unresolvable problem, as there is currently no clear solution for their fate.

  • IVF can disrupt the unity within marriage, particularly when one spouse reproduces without the other, leading to feelings of reproductive infidelity.

  • The advancements in genetic editing and cloning raise ethical concerns, such as the potential exploitation of clones as organ donors and the lack of community and relationships for cloned individuals.


00:00 Introduction

00:45 Interest in Bioethics

03:41 Exploring Bioethical Issues

08:50 Dystopia and Bioethics

09:34 The Appeal of Dystopian Fiction

12:01 IVF and Women's Health

17:12 The Dignity of the Child

20:17 Napro Technology

28:22 The Problems with IVF

33:23 Embryo Adoption

39:03 Artificial Wombs

43:51 The Dilemma of Frozen Embryos

50:36 IVF and the Unity Within Marriage

01:02:23 The Astonishing Realities of Genetic Editing and Cloning


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There is an episode of Samantha’s with Dr. Monique Ruberu mentioned in today’s Good Distinctions episode, that can be found here:

Brave New Us
IVF: Why Not With Dr. Monique Ruberu
IVF is fraught with ethical perils, but isn’t it the best we have to offer couples struggling with the pain of infertility? If there was something less costly and more effective, we would all know about it, right? Samantha chats with Dr. Monique Ruberu about the trouble with IVF, the beauty of NaPro technology for healing underlying causes of women’s he…
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More resources (audio on YouTube):

I Have 3 Kids Via IVF but I Don't Recommend It
Can Catholics Adopt EMBRYOS??
How IVF and Surrogacy DAMAGE Children

IVF: Why NOT with Dr. Monique Ruberu

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