A United Kingdom report on in vitro fertilisation (IVF) indicates that IVF Clinics have intentionally destroyed over one million human embryos used for in vitro fertilisation. The number is said to be expanding year after year.
The data was exposed following a UK Parliamentary question. The one million human embryonic children were killed in the past 14 years as ‘waste’ embryos. In the same period, 2,137,924 embryonic humans were created using IVF (between 1991 and 2005) with the 1.2m, more than half, never used. Scientists say the reason these embryos were destroyed is that they “were not deemed strong enough” for implantation. So they were considered ‘waste’ embryos. Frozen embryos die in ten years or so if not implanted.
Lord Alton of Liverpool, noted for his stance against abortion, obtained the statistics from the Department of Health. He said that embryos were being created and destroyed at “an incredible rate.”
“IVF has ensured that a number of people have been given a chance to have children. But it is surprising how many embryos are being destroyed in the process,” he said. “This is a rather unexpected aspect of IVF. If you could just create an embryo to implant, that would be fine. I think it would be much better if these embryos that are going to be destroyed were used for infertile couples. At least they would have a chance of life. The number of embryos used is expanding year after year.”
Embryo adoption is legally permitted in the UK and United States, but is rare in both countries. Advocates of the process are also calling for the embryonic children to be given up for adoption, where all embryos will be frozen and all used for infertility treatment.
In America, the Snowflakes charity arranges the adoption of embryos by couples. This has led to the birth of 157 babies in the past 10 years. The Los Angeles-based Snowflakes charity said it does not “discriminate” between embryos judged to be healthy or unhealthy. They added, that some embryos they have used, which doctors had judged not to be viable, have still produced healthy babies.
Adapted from LifeSiteNews Special Report. See full details on IVF:http://www.lifesite.net/features/invitro/