Since its inception in 1982, Arizona Center for Fertility Studies had embraced all patients, regardless of age, marital status or gender preference. Arizona Center for Fertility Studies strongly believes that a full-service, state of the art, infertility program does not have the right to be judgemental and refuse treatment to any woman, single or married, gay or straight, unless there is a documented medical indication for not treating that person. Personal feelings and belief systems should have no place in deciding whether or not to help a woman pursue her most precious dreams. Clinics and physicians should not allow their personal opinions and beliefs to interfere with who they will care for and the advice that they give to their patients. The decisions that they make should never compromise their integrity or be dishonest, but should not reflect their personal viewpoint, only their best unbiasmedical judgement. Arizona Center for Fertility Studies believes a clinic's role is to absolutely support their patient's decision, whether or not they agree with it, as long as it is medically prudent and safe. Only if a patient asks, should a personal opinion be given. When asked at Arizona Center for Fertility Studies, "what would you do if you were me", the answer is, "it does not matter what I would do, what would you do"?
With 5-10% of the population being comprised of same sex relationships, clinics are bound to have a similar percentage of same sex couples inquiring about treatment options. Arizona Center for Fertility Studies makes no distinction between heterosexual and homosexual couples and strongly feels that both should be treated equally and non-judgementally, and without bias or prejudice. These couples are just as deserving and motivated as any other couple and, in Arizona Center for Fertility Studies experience, make equally good parents. As a side point, Arizona Center for Fertility Studies does not necessarily have an opinion on whether or not there should be a constitutional amendment recognizing gay marriages but feels strongly that same sex relationships should have the right to a civil marriage and all legal rights associated with that marriage, i.e. eligibility to their partner's health benefits, the right to adopt their partner's child and shared custody of that child if they became separated.Currently, there are very few states in the country that allow for these benefits, and Arizona is definitively not one of them.
Saul, as stated in the Bible, may have approved or disapproved of the same-sex relationship; but at least he appears to have recognized it. So, who can agrue with the Bible?
Liberal Christian theologians tend to follow a wider variety of translations, and to be more concerned with instances of copying errors in the original Hebrew or Greek, of forgery, and of biases among the translators. They consider some passages (e.g. those referring to slavery, burning some hookers alive, raping female prisoners of war, etc.) as not being valid today, as immoral, and against the will of God. They differentiate among various homosexual and heterosexual sex practices, treating some (rape, prostitution, temple sex rituals) as immoral and some (within committed relationships) as positive. Homosexual orientation and behavior is seen as a normal human sexual expression among a minority of adults. It is not changeable or chosen. Like all sexual behavior, it can be a sin if it is exploitive or manipulative or not carried out safely within a committed relationship.
It is never easy to know or even hear that to start your family you have to use donor sperm with IUI; or in some cases, donor sperm with IVF. As a LGBT individual and/or couple you may think that this is your only choice. It is not; it is just the “best” choice. The alternative- home insemination is generally unsuccessful and ultimately costs a lot more money, time and emotions; or a “one-night stand” which is completely un-expectable. The very thought of having “to do this” can give raise to a whole range of emotions; as well as practical considerations of cost and time. There comes a time in every woman/couple’s life when the desire and “instincts” to have a family surface and “the time is now”. ACFS, over the years, has had the privilege and trust to work with hundreds of single women, same-sex couples, and transgender couples. In our practice, there is no judgment or distinction, just another couple who wants to have a baby and start their family. I wish all clinics would say and feel this way but they do not. Some are judgmental and/or bias and on that first visit this becomes “uncomfortably” clear. Yes, and quit unfortunately, there are people/groups out there that feel that helping/working with an LGBT couple is wrong. Screw them! ACFS welcomes all patients, regardless of age, marital status or gender preference, with an open heart and an absolute commitment to their success and well-being. It has always been interesting to us at ACFS that when taking care of a same-sex or transgender couple, their partner is almost always there with them at all the appointments. I always wondered why that is not true with many heterosexual couples. Having children is a magical process and at ACFS we intend that to be true for everyone we have the privilege and honor to care for.
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