Stem-cell research is controversial. There are strong and passionate voices on both sides. Ellen Goodman’s column (3/15, Opinion, “Fate of extra embryos an unanswered question”) presents a good discussion of the issues.
Many frozen embryos will never be used. They can never become humans unless they are implanted successfully and survive pregnancy. Those embryos are similar to accident victims whose lives are sustained mechanically when there is no hope for their recovery. For that case there are provisions to end life support and, with required permissions, to harvest organs that can aid others in need.
Taking those embryos off “life support” and using them to help those with otherwise incurable conditions, either directly or through research, should be a solution that could be embraced by all who value human life.
I am signing the organ donor permission on the back of my driver’s license. Wouldn’t those unused embryos want to do the same?
The battle over embryonic stem cell research is brewing again. The lines are drawn between those who believe life begins at conception and those who do not.
An embryo can be frozen for years at a time and removed later for implantation, but a living being cannot be frozen and brought back. Does life begin before or after we can be frozen? If a child and an embryo share life, then both should be able to be frozen and reborn.