The day the frozen embryo arrived via FedEx was the day Maria Lancaster began experiencing firsthand what she had always believed: that human life begins at conception.
Note to my readers:
I still don’t want to wholeheartedly endorse embryo adoption. We have to be up front about the fact that women endure potentially risky and unsafe ovarian hyperstimulation procedures in order to get lots of eggs. And that leads to the problem of surplus, extra, leftover, frozen embryos, but since Obama wants to release more federal dollars to do research using them, here is an ethical solution for those human embryos.
Italy and Germany have laws that do not permit the creation of “extra” embryos. All that are created MUST be implanted in the woman’s womb.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.