Adopting a SnowflakeMr,. Paul Snamiska, Program Administrator
Clearly Caring Magazine, Nov/Dec 2007, Vol. 27, No. 6
What should be done with 400,000 frozen embryos that are cryo-preserve after in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures? In some cases, those embryos are waiting to be thawed and transferred to their biological mothers with the hope they will implant and grow. Some are destined for termination in a garbage can or through experimentation in a lab. Others are waiting for their biological parents to decide their fate. And, since the mid-1990s, there is one more option adoption. Adopting embryos is a fairly new concept and has not yet received widespread acceptability. Yet, it also holds some potential benefit that should be evaluated. For an adoption to take place, the biological parents agree to donate their embryos, and a potential adoptive couple is chosen as acceptable recipients of those embryos. There are, however, practical concerns that need to be addressed.
- Biological parents dont want their children raised by someone else;
- Adoptive couples must face the emotional roller coaster of this procedure
- The success rate of a live birth is rather low;
- Some women cannot accept the concept of an adopted child growing in her womb;
- These embryos can be perceived as commodities rather than children.
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