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After 24 Years as a Frozen Embryo, a Baby Is Born


An embryo created through IVF 24 years ago has just been born. From the Daily Mail story:

A 26-year-old woman has given birth to a baby girl from a donated embryo which was frozen for 24 years — the longest-ever frozen embryo to come to term.

Tina Gibson’s baby Emma Wren was conceived and fertilized 24 years ago in 1992, but the embryo was frozen instead of implanted.

Tina, who was born in 1991, could not conceive naturally so she and her husband Benjamin decided to adopt a frozen embryo from the National Embryo Donation Center in East Tennessee. The process is like adoption, but the baby grows inside the adoptive mother.

Biologically, Emma is only one and a half years younger than her mother. Remarkable.

I think this story should affect the way we look at the moral value of frozen IVF embryos. They are not just so many frozen cells but living human organisms capable of being gestated to healthy birth. Indeed, that was the purpose for which they were brought into being.

That is what Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program is all about.  For those interested, hit this link. And here’s the link to the National Embryo Donation Center, which was involved in this particular adoption.

Photo credit: Simon, via Pixabay.

Cross-posted at The Corner.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.



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