Have you ever seen an embryo? I am afraid you do not have an understanding of what you are talking about. You, and many others, like to make this sound like people are aborting “embryos” to do this. You are in fact very wrong. These are made in IVF and left over after the couple who they belong to is done creating their family. These embryo are NEVER going to become children, they are going to be destroyed anyway you look at it. I can wash them down the drain or I can use them to train other people in the lab, and about 2% of the people who have them will donate them to other couples OR I can send them to one of the universities we work with for stem cell research. With the exception of donating them to other couples they are all destroyed. Personally I prefer donation to others OR embryonic stem cell research.
Let me tell you, I work with these every day. They are not “children”, they are a mass of cells with the potential to become children…key word potential. Embryos deserve a higher level of respect than say kidney cells, skin cells…but not the same level as a human. Even in nature far more embryos are created (sperm fertilizes egg) that do not attach then do attach (implant and gestate). The universities we work with also accept abnormal embryos that would NEVER be used for anything at all.
This is a topic, like so many others (oil spills, national security, economy…) that everyone becomes an expert on even though they know absolutely NOTHING about what they speak.
The politics involved in this whole issue would take pages to lay out, I know I live it every day and the vast majority is propaganda. This is a major issue that pushes me away form the GOP because their agenda is to tie this with abortion and that is just wrong. Abortion and using embryos are two different animals. The people who create and use these embryos devote their lives to creating families and have NOTHING to do with abortions, Our goal is to make families and as a byproduct of that there is also an opportunity to help advance medicine in way that cannot be imagined. This will be my only post on the matter, but if any of you want to put your ass where your mouth is I invite you to come to my lab anytime and I will give you a through education on embryology and stem cells.