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Additional children through IVF

24 November, 2002

Question:

I underwent in vitro fertilization and gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. According to halacha we have fufilled the commandment of peru u revu. Is it permissible to undergo IVF again in order to conceive ?


Answer:

As you are probably already aware, in vitro fertilization raises certain halachic questions such as the method of obtaining the sperm for IVF and the degree of medical intervention that is needed for the wife. However, these considerations are outweighed, according to most rabbinic authorities, by the Torah commandment of "be fruitful and multiply" (pru u rvu). Many authorities would allow a couple to also undergo IVF in order to fulfill the rabbinic commandment of continuing to have children. It would be best to ask a direct question of your rabbi, who is most familiar with your personal circumstances. If you do not have access to a rabbi to answer this question and desire a personal adjudication, please get back to us either via the website or the hotline ( 1-877-YOETZET) so we can help you.


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