"leftover" embryos from IVF?
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|Wed, 06-25-2003 - 10:57am|
Are the leftover embryos not implanted in a woman after a successful IVF procedure alive? Do they have the right to continue to be alive? What if you won't or can't use them yourself... is it morally right to destroy them?
I for one feel they should be donated to women who want to undergo IVF but cannot produce their own embryos. However, THAT is a whole other issue too... It would be your full biological child out there, created from your strong desire to have a baby in the first place - not some accident or the result of rape. Someone who might come back and want to find you years later. Same as with any other adoption. I, for one, would have to think long and hard about undergoing IVF because I would be so torn about what to do with any remaining embryos. I say I would use them myself, but what if something went horribly wrong and I had an emergency hysterectomy after delivery? Without a uterus... there is no place to carry them.
Just curious - I can imagine if you are PC and think it is alright to abort a fetus growing in a uterus, you would think the same applies to a couple frozen cells in a petri dish. But if you are PL, and think life begins at conception... what do you do?