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Hope for the unchosen

Chances for life seem slim for thousands of tiny embryos frozen in storage or subjected to questionable tests meant to weed out ‘misfits.’ But some advocates and families are on a mission to rescue these unborn babies from an uncertain fate

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Hope for the unchosen
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Center for Human Reproduction

Center for Human Reproduction

Center for Human Reproduction

Center for Human Reproduction

Center for Human Reproduction

Jamie Dean

Jamie is national editor of WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and previously worked for the Charlotte World. Jamie has covered politics, disasters, religion, and more for WORLD. She resides in Charlotte, N.C.



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Minivan Man

This process of freezing embryos is extremely disturbing. There are simply too many questionable risks and what if's that can go wrong.  The desire to "rescue" or "adopt" other people's frozen embryos is a noble desire, but is a break from the "one flesh" model in scripture.  It also has an opportunity cost, the loss of natural children that God may otherwise bring.  A contracepting couple who then adopts and implants someone else's child is turning away the opportunity of a biological child of their own.  I realize there is a difference between an embryo and a potential embryo, but this is outside of a human's domain; it is truly playing God.  


I have heard that sending low mass frozen embryos to the stars  may be the way to colonize distant planets.  The low mass would significantly reduce the energy requirements to reach near-light-speed, which would likely be required to transverse the vast distance within a reasonable amount of time.  The embryos could handle extreme acceleration and deceleration but would need an artificial womb and a robotic “mother” once at the foreign planet.  Of course, this is all theoretical and doesn’t address the ethical dimension. Concerning the article, it is great to see parents step up to have the children.  


Praise God!

Brendan Bossard

I could never bring myself to freeze an embryo.  This treats children as commodities.  Thank God that there are people who have taken an interest in their welfare.  It is a brave new world.