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Embryos' Fate: A Fertile Debate

Chicago Tribune,  Nov 2009
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Families struggle with science, faith when viable eggs are frozen in lab

In-vitro fertilization made it possible for Adriana and Robert Potter to welcome twins Anabella and Matteus into the world. For the same reasons many couples can't conceive, IVF was their only option if they wanted children of their own.

But with that choice came another: what to do with two other embryos created in the same petri dish but never placed in the womb. On that dilemma, the Potters have agreed to disagree for now.

If the Elmhurst couple decides they don't want more children, Adriana Potter believes donating the embryos to advance reproductive technology or treat debilitating diseases would be the most life-affirming choice.

"Think about it. The only way we got this far with IVF is because there was research in the past," she said. "There were sacrifices to help families like us have kids. ... When it comes to promoting the creation of new life, you have modern medicine and the choice to use it for good, to fulfill dreams."

Robert Potter imagines having more children to fulfill God's mandate to be fruitful and multiply. But if they decide to have no more, he favors donating the embryos for another couple to do the same. Viable embryos should not be taken for granted, he said. Read more.


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