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Embryo adoption

Posted by MDViews on December 9, 2008

An article in Yahoo Health news caught my eye today. The article titled, “Women Unhappy With Disposal Options after Infertility Treatment,” by Randy Dotinga bemoans the dilemma faced by those women undergoing in vitro fertilization who have leftover embryos. What should be done? Flush them down the sink? (That unfortunate guilt at destroying life doesn’t go away easily.) Keep them frozen forever? (Costs money.) Give them to research? (I have to ask–what does that mean? Is there a shortage?) Have more babies? (Most are done and don’t want more children.)

The author concludes that the only answer is to create fewer embryos.

Good idea!

But what about the extras?

It is unfortunate the Randy Dotinga does not have Wikipedia or Google search available (Sorry–I couldn’t resist the sarcasm. It is hard to imagine someone writing on this topic, as a reporter no less, and have not done any research and missed such a big part of the solution!)

Embryo adoption is the adopting of the embryo, much like a child would be adopted. Since the embryo is not a “child” in the legal sense of the word, it actually becomes a donation. But by doing so, the embryo is thawed and implanted and this budding life has a chance to grow.

The pro-life community, of course, started the whole process. The pro-aborts don’t like it one bit because it puts a human face and uses a human term to describe something they destroy everyday. It is a slap in their face. Anything that makes an embryo, or fetus, or unborn baby more human, more real and more “living human life” weakens their argument. Such makes their argument for abortion that much more vacuous and barbaric.

I pray that fewer embryos will be formed, that desperately infertile couples will look to God for guidance regarding such procedures and that embryo adoption will continue and grow.

2 Responses to “Embryo adoption”

  1. MD Views said

    Yes, of course. Fewer embryos, however, means a less likely chance of pregnancy. Also, since embryos can be frozen, only one procedure is required to obtain numerous embryos which can be used for multiple cycles of in vitro. Otherwise, eggs have to be harvested and fertilized each month to be used. More expense, more hassle, more pain, more procedures.

    Good question.

  2. Abigail Dodds said

    Is there any way to do in vitro without having any left over embryos? Only create the amount that you are absolutely going to implant?

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