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The practice of adopting frozen embryos created through in vitro fertilization (IVF), but not used by the biological mother. Couples adopt excess embryos and implanted in the womb of the adoptive mother. This is a growing movement that enables children to be born rather than be discarded or killed for research.
IVF and Stem cell research
While frozen embryo adoption is a wonderful option that allows many more children to share in the gift of life, it is important to note that this practice is not ideal, nor does MCCL encourage or support the practice.
It is true that many, many lives have been blessed by the beautiful children born through IVF, but the very process that has made so many miracles possible has also led society toward trivializing the great gift of human life.
Unfortunately, excess human life is often created through IVF. Doctors typically encourage creating more embryos than needed in case initial attempts are not successful. Because of this, over 400,000 embryos remain frozen in storage in the US alone. Most of these will never be implanted.
Now researchers want to kill these frozen embryos for embryonic stem cell research!
A Life-Affirming Option
Fortunately there is another choice for parents who already created excess embryos but don’t want them to be destroyed for research or merely discarded. For over a decade frozen embryos have been placed for adoption. Over a hundred children have been born to welcoming families through this loving option.
As early as 2002, federal grants were available to organizations promoting embryo adoption, and in May of 2005 President Bush made a formal statement praising the generous couples who have stepped forward to adopt frozen embryos.
Frozen Embryo Adoption should not be used to encourage the practice of IVF, but it is a very beautiful way to reaffirm that every person, no matter how he or she is created, has an equal right to life.
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