Posts in June 2015

  1. What to do with surplus embryos?

    [ By on June 18, 2015 ]

    By many measures, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has helped infertile individuals and couples achieve pregnancy, a positive outcome.  At times, the process results in the creation of more embryos than a couple needs.  What should we do with those surplus embryos -- creations that some consider as having equal moral status to an adult human, while others consider them as merely  a special clump of cells?  If the question seems simple, please recognize that the courts hear plenty of legal cases in which formerly loving couples dispute what should be done with their embryos, such as the well publicized case of Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiance. While the list of choices - disposal, perpetual cryopresevation, and adoption - has been ...

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