Since I probably totally offended Mainline Mom yesterday by bringing it up in her blog comments, I thought I’d write my own post here. Without starting a debate about pro-life vs pro-choice or when life begins or any of that, what are people’s opinions on IVF and what should be done with leftover fertilized eggs? I’m just really curious about this because if someone is against using them for stem cell research or other things, what do you want to do with them?
For your reference, IVF (in vitro fertilization) is a process where eggs are fertilized outside of the womb, then implanted in the mother. Usually they fertilize more eggs than are actually needed, on the assumption that not all of them will work. So when the woman does get pregnant, there are often some leftovers. The options for dealing with them are pretty much: 1) store them indefinitely (very expensive), 2) use them for something (like stem cell research), 3) destroy them (seems wasteful to me), or 4) implant them all at once (see: the California octuplets).
So what do you think? If they’re going to be thrown away anyway, don’t you think it would be okay to use them for potentially life-saving research? Or should they be the responsiblity of the parents to either store or use up? Or are fertility treatments in general selfish and wrong, considering there’s so many adoptable children in the world?