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Frozen generation

"Frozen generation" Continued...

Issue: "Malaria: Kill or be killed," Oct. 29, 2005

"The appeal of doing nothing in this arena is, frankly, rather great, not only because the costs of regulation may be high . . . but also because the areas of assisted reproduction, new genomic knowledge, and embryo research are socially and politically quite sensitive," the report stated.

This past summer the frozen embryos were political grist. The Senate was poised to take the House's stem-cell bill in September, but the issue got pushed to the back burner after hurricane season and the death of Supreme Court chief justice William Rehnquist. Now they are on the agenda for next spring. By then, science might have outgrown its need for frozen IVF embryos.

In May, Mr. Bush held a press conference with 21 formerly frozen IVF embryos. The children on stage with him shed light on one of the last hopes for an unwanted embryo: adoption.

Hope for one or more of those frozen embryos may rest with Matt and Andrea Thomas, whose IVF twins Emma and Jacob are now 4. They are praying about expanding their family, and considering embryo adoption as a possibility.

Lynde Langdon
Lynde Langdon

Lynde lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. She holds degrees from the University of Missouri in journalism, Russian, and business administration. She is in a long-term, committed relationship with the Lutheran church. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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