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     Ever since the beginning of human history and society religion and science have been two very important coordinate of the human evolution, they have always been interrelated and both have exerted a great influence, thus when it comes to assisted reproduction we must take into consideration the religious point of view.

     Today, in-vitro fertilizationIVF– and assisted reproduction are worldwide practiced medical procedures, which must answer regulations and ethical standards established by each state’s legislation, sometimes the state’s laws allow more than religion would, especially when it comes to helping patients who don’t respect the typical pattern- heterosexual married couple. Single women, lesbians, unmarried couples, also are allowed to access nowadays assisted reproductive techniques in spite of religious general discontent.

     Social factors, religious pressure groups and legislation differs from one state to another when it comes to dealing with controversial issues like: the genetic material donation, the use of surrogate mothers, the reproductive age-limitation, genetic diagnosis of the embryo, the selective embryo reduction and even cloning.

     In spite nowadays society tendency towards separation from churches old dogmas, civil groups are still manipulated by the various religious influence groups when it comes to important issues related to human reproduction such as contraception, abortion, and infertility therapy.

     The recent development of biology and today medicine challenge once again the religious dogmas and further more raise serious questions related to reproduction which not always have the clearest answers. Bioethics has been created to deal with the different religious groups’ attitude towards the new fields of assisted reproduction but it cannot set the border line between ethical and unethical when it comes to assisted reproductive technologies.

      Worldwide, religious groups are very strict when it comes to making their world-view public and exerting a great amount of pressure upon the civil society in order to make their bioethical concepts generally accepted and applied.

     It is of a great importance for those who are confronted with infertility issues, both the scientists and the couple who deals with this medical problem, to acknowledge the importance of the religious aspects of the medical approach of infertility, to understand and to make a choice weather it is one which respects the dogmas of their religion or not.

     In the following articles we will analyze the way in which the most important religions understand and offer their support to assisted reproduction and to the couples with infertility problems.

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