Of course, push on to Allow Expanded Human-Embryo Research

By Wesley J. Smith  Back when embryonic-stem-cell and other types of experimentation on early embryos commenced, “the scientists” promised they would always limit their activities to embryos in Petri dishes to the maximum of 14 days in development. Just a collection of undifferentiated cells, they sophistically maintained. We’ll stop when the nervous system begins to develop. …

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Women loses fight to have her frozen embryos implanted

By Dave Andrusko After court battles in three jurisdiction, an Arizona woman, at least for now, has been denied the opportunity to implant her frozen embryos. In its ruling last week, the Supreme Court of Arizona pointed to the contract Ruby Torres signed at the fertility clinic with her then-boyfriend (later husband, later ex-husband) John …

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Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Frozen Embryos Mere ‘Marital Property’

May be destroyed over father’s objections By Wesley J. Smith Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm … unites with a female gamete or oocyte…to form a single cell. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual. (p. 18) — …

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Massachusetts woman sues over ‘lost’ embryo

By Michael Cook A Massachusetts woman who was desperate for children is suing a hospital because its fertility clinic misplaced her viable embryo for 12 years. In 2004 Marisa Cloutier-Bristol and her husband went to Women & Infants Hospital in Providence (in the neighboring state of Rhode Island) for IVF treatment. She produced four embryos …

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News release from Department of Health and Human Services

September 24, 2018 “After a recent review of a contract between Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration to provide human fetal tissue to develop testing protocols, HHS was not sufficiently assured that the contract included the appropriate protections applicable to fetal tissue research or met all other procurement requirements. As a …

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About Those Frozen Embryos: Unintended Consequences and the Limits of Personal Freedom

By John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera Frozen embryos aren’t the only “byproducts” of advanced reproductive technology: moral and legal confusions are as well. Divorce is a brutal experience, especially for children. For many, it’s a traumatic experience from which they never fully recover. Today, given the incredible strides made in artificial reproductive technologies, there’s an …

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Arizona passes law protecting frozen embryos when parents divorce and disagree over their fate

By Dave Andrusko On July 1, a new law went into effect in Arizona which in cases of divorce and subsequent disputes over frozen embryos will give custody to the parent who would “allow the in vitro embryos to develop to birth,” the Arizona Republic reported. According to reporter Kaila White The bill …would override …

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Family seeks wrongful death lawsuit after loss of frozen embryos

Approximately 4,000 eggs and embryos have been destroyed in the malfunction. The case raises ethical questions around IVF Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post written by SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. A couple whose frozen embryos were destroyed in a storage tank malfunction could seek action for wrongful death–if a …

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Will investigators ignore babies discovered in Detroit body broker warehouse?

By Right to Life of Michigan Deceptive informed consent documents. Crudely chopped-up body parts. Excuses about “fees” when confronted about organ and tissue trafficking. Detailed prices per body part. Federal and state regulators out to lunch. These are the features of the stories involving Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling human body parts following abortions in …

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Tennessee woman gives birth to baby girl frozen as an embryo in 1992

By Dave Andrusko News broke today of a truly remarkable birth that took place last month in Tennessee. On November 25, “Tina and Benjamin Gibson became the proud parents of Emma Wren,” according to Crystal Bonvillian of the Cox Media Group. “Emma weighed a healthy 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches long.” What …

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Capitol Hill newspaper reports FBI seeking Senate documents, “signaling possible probe into sale of fetal tissue”

By Dave Andrusko The Hill newspaper reported this afternoon that in recent days the FBI has requested “unredacted documents” obtained from abortion providers by the Senate Judiciary Committee, “signaling agents may be investigating whether Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers illegally sold fetal tissue and body parts, according to sources familiar with the document request.” …

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Human genetic engineering breakthrough raises ethical concerns

By Paul Stark Scientists in Oregon have successfully genetically modified human embryos, according to research published earlier this month. The researchers used a gene editing technique called CRISPR to repair a disease-causing mutation. “In altering the DNA code of human embryos,” explains the MIT Technology Review, “the objective of scientists is to show that they can …

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