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November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving and Frozen Embryos

Thanksgiving and Frozen Embryos

After spending three years in a freezer, Esther Victorin was finally born to her adoptive parents this week. Esther was one of five sibling embryos given to Cedar Park Church’s adoption services in Washington State when her biological mother, who can no longer carry the children, refused to throw them away.

“It didn’t seem right,” she said. “There had to be a way that they could have life and be born.” There was. Rachel and Diony Victorin, who spent years on unsuccessful fertility treatments, agreed to adopt one embryo and carry it to term.

45 months after her conception, Esther became the answer to the Victorin’s prayers.

Thousands of embryos are discarded each year within a fertility industry too often driven by results at any cost.  The thankfulness of the Victorins should make us think. Their response reveals what the embryo is – a life. And it should make us rethink this whole industry of creating and discarding them. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Parents Using Embryo Adoption get a Thanksgiving Baby
Sabra Gertsch | Life News | November 21, 2011

Thirty Embryos Created for Every Baby Born by IVF
Daniel Martin and Simon Caldwell | The Mail Online | July 22, 2011

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