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  • The Horror of Human Embryo Jewelry

    05/19/2017 12:50:18 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 21 replies
    Desiring God ^ | May 13, 2017 | Abigail Dodds
    Some of the strangest news I’ve ever seen came across my screen this week. A company in Australia is turning frozen embryo children into jewelry for their parents to wear. Previously Baby Bee Hummingbirds had been making jewelry out of mothers’ breastmilk and placentas. Now, the company has turned its attention to frozen human embryos— embryos that couples choose not to implant in the mother’s uterus and no longer want to store or “donate.” To put it plainly, they’re making trinkets out of discarded children. Founder Amy McGlade says, “I don’t believe there is any other business in the world...
  • Embryo Ash Becomes Jewelry

    05/05/2017 3:14:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | May 5, 2017 | SBrinkmann
    The dwindling respect for human life reached a new low this week with the announcement that a jewelry company is now fashioning pendants out of the ashes of “leftover” embryos from in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics.Newsbusters broke this appalling story about an Australian company named Baby Bee Hummingbirds that produces keepsakes for new mothers that contain breastmilk, placentas, teeth, cord stumps, hair, and the ashes of loved ones. The company has now added a new category to the list – “embryo ash.”“It’s special because the embryos often signifying the end of a journey, and we are providing a beautiful...
  • ‘Ghoulish’: Australian Company Turns IVF Embryos Into Jewelry

    05/05/2017 9:01:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 4, 2017 | Matthew Balan
    A company in Australia is facing scrutiny from conservatives after a Wednesday article revealed that they were turning unused embryos from in-vitro fertilization into “sacred art.” The Australian parenting blog Kidspot highlighted Baby Bee Hummingbirds, an enterprise started by Amy McGlade in 2014. McGlade’s company reportedly has made “over 4000 pieces of jewelry using breastmilk, placenta, hair, ashes, or cord stumps – including 50 made with embryos.”
  • Parents Can Now Turn Unwanted Children Into Jewelry

    05/04/2017 7:54:30 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    /theliberator.news ^ | May 4, 2017 | STAFF
    Parents who no longer wish to store their youngest children in freezers may now destroy them and have them made into jewelry thanks to Baby Bee Hummingbirds, an Australian keepsake company that recently began advertising its “Embryo Ashes” product. In an April 30 post on social media, the company declared, “We are absolute experts & true original leaders in Embryo Ashes • DNA Jewelry.” The company also creates jewelry keepsakes from breastmilk, hair from a baby’s first hair cut, first tooth, umbilical cord stump, and placenta. “I don’t believe there is any other business in the world that creates jewellery...
  • Single, childless and nearing 40, I saw one real option

    04/26/2017 6:18:53 AM PDT · by BJ1 · 312 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/25/2017 | Sarah Lenti
    Fast forward to my 38th birthday. I was still single, and the world of dating had changed significantly in the last eight years. Tinder and Bumble, the dominant dating apps, offered countless options for single men and women, but made the experience of dating entirely impersonal. Dating amounted to small talk with a stranger, who you had briefly interfaced with online because you each thought the other attractive. The small talk was a prelude to hooking up, and there were no expectations even of a text the next day. It was brutal. And after trying my hand at it, I...
  • Woman Pregnant With 4 Babies After IVF Regrets “Selective Reduction” Abortion of One Baby

    03/24/2017 7:41:12 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    life news ^ | march 24, 2017 | Sarah Terzo
    A woman who had In Vitro Fertilization done and conceived four babies had a “selective reduction” where one baby was aborted. A pro-choice therapist asked her some questions: “Did you feel like you got enough emotional support during the pregnancy reduction?” “No, not really. Mostly because the people we talked to mainly were doctors and medical people and they were all coming from the point of view that it was dangerous medically to carry that many babies….but because that was the only side I was getting, I wished later that I’d known I had more of a choice to keep...
  • Another In Vitro Fertilization “Oops…”

    01/04/2017 1:31:00 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 4, 2017 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    The December 28 New York Times reported another “oops!” in vitro fertilization (IVF) moment. A technician in Utrecht may have mixed up sperm used to fertilize eggs, leading to the members of 26 couples perhaps not being the parents of the babies they contracted to produce.I admit that last sentence is a bit awkward: it would be nicer to say “leading to 26 couples being unsure if they are the parents of the babies they conceived.” Indulge me temporarily—I have my reasons for how I formulated that thought.In the procedure used by the technician, one sperm is injected from a...
  • Lesbian Couple Sue Over New Jersey Rules for Fertility Treatment

    08/08/2016 7:31:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 8, 2016 | MEGAN JULA
    Five years ago, Erin and Marianne Krupa chose to start a family. They moved to Montclair, N.J., from a more conservative environment in North Carolina, and decided that Erin would carry their first child. Erin Krupa remembered her fertility doctor looking her in the eye and promising to help her become pregnant. But there were complications. At an appointment with her doctor in 2013, Ms. Krupa, then 33, learned that she had benign cysts on her uterus and Stage 3 endometriosis, in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside. That meant she was infertile....
  • Professor who donates sperm in city bathrooms has sired 22 kids

    06/12/2016 4:46:53 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    NYPost ^ | June 12, 2016
    On a busy night last week at the Target on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, Ari Nagel, 40, emerged from the men’s bathroom looking a little flushed and quite pleased with himself. “It’s better when it’s fresh,” he told them. “It” is Nagel’s semen, and it’s in demand. The 6-foot-2 CUNY Kingsborough math professor has served as a sperm donor for dozens of locals, siring 22 kids over the past 12 years with 18 women of various backgrounds.
  • Who needs sex to make babies? Pretty soon, humans won’t

    04/04/2016 6:36:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | April 1, 2016 | Henry Greely
    I confidently predict that people will still be having sex in 20 to 40 years’ time, but they will be using sex to conceive their babies much less often. Two biomedical advances are going to change how humans reproduce: whole genome sequencing and stem cell technology.
  • The dark past of anonymous sperm donation

    01/25/2016 9:26:45 AM PST · by wagglebee · 42 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 1/25/16 | Michael Cook
    The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is so common nowadays that it’s easy to forget how quickly social attitudes have changed. The Atlantic recently published a feature about the early days of artificial reproductive technology under the headline “The First Artificial Insemination Was an Ethical Nightmare: The 19th-century procedure involved lies, a secrecy pledge, and sperm from a surprise donor”.The implication is that that contemporary ART is far more ethical than it was in the bad old days.Let’s look first at the origins of ART. The first pregnancy after artificial insemination apparently took place in England in 1790. The...
  • IRS: homosexuality is a choice, no tax deduction for gays contracting surrogates

    01/21/2016 11:48:49 AM PST · by wagglebee · 41 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/21/16 | Father Mark Hodges
    TAMPA, Florida, January 21, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Is the procreative impossibility of homosexual activity the same as heterosexuals being biologically infertile? Stetson University law professor Joseph Morrissey is suing for a tax deduction of $36,538 for in vitro fertilization treatments and the cost of a surrogate to carry twin boys for himself and his male partner. In denying Morrissey's claim, the IRS explained that for tax deductions, the medical services must be provided to the taxpayer, his spouse, or his dependent. Therefore, a surrogate does not qualify, and neither does IVF for someone other than the filer, his spouse, or...
  • Surrogate Pregnant With Triplets Sues to Stop Birth Father’s Demand She Have an Abortion

    01/06/2016 3:50:54 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 5, 2016 | MICAIAH BILGER
    A California surrogate mother filed a lawsuit Monday to protect one of her unborn triplets from being aborted by the biological father. The New York Post reports that the babies’ biological father is demanding that one of the triplets be aborted because he only wants two of the children. The unnamed Georgia man threatened to not pay surrogate Melissa Cook if she refused to abort one of the babies.Despite the pressure, Cook refused to abort the third triplet. She was 17-weeks pregnant in November when her story first gained national media attention."They are human beings. I bonded with these kids....
  • Woman impregnated by mistake with black man’s sperm loses court case

    09/06/2015 2:35:42 PM PDT · by Mariner · 123 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | September 6th, 2015 | By David Millward
    A legal claim by a woman who gave birth to a mixed race baby after accidentally being impregnated with a black man’s sperm has been dismissed by a judge in Illinois. Jennifer Cramblett sought damages from the Midwest Sperm Bank of Downers Grove, Illinois for wrongful birth and breach of warranty, the Chicago Tribune reported. Ms Cramblett and her same sex partner bought sperm from the sperm bank. But because of a clerical error, she was sent sperm provided by a black donor.
  • Woman Desperate to Have Baby Used IVF to Conceive, Then After a Natural Pregnancy She Aborted

    08/19/2015 8:04:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    Life News ^ | Sarah Zagorski Aug 18, 2015
    In Minnesota, a woman who used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to expand her family chose to have an abortion after getting pregnant naturally. The Daily Mail reports that Hannah Stein was a mother of four when she became pregnant with her fifth child. Hannah and her husband of 17-years, Patrick, had undergone several rounds of IVF to conceive three of their children but felt like their family was complete, which is why Hannah says having an abortion wasn’t a difficult decision. She also explained that she had an abortion when she was 22, about one year before she married Patrick....
  • Video (5) on Planned Parenthood shows connection with IVF and abortion

    08/13/2015 7:45:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Aug 12, 2015 | Rebecca Downs
    While the fifth video released by the Center for Medical Progress certainly has provided damaging insight into Planned Parenthood, the full footage–at 5 hours and 45 minutes–contains even more about Planned Parenthood employees and the abortion industry. At about 2 hours and 41 minutes into the full footage, corresponding with pages 55-56 of the transcript, Melissa Farrell, who is the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, discusses working for a facility that “performed abortions in the IVF department.” PP: …At the facility I worked at we didn’t provide abortions. We performed abortions in the IVF department, we did...
  • The Tangled Web We Weave When We Artificially Conceive

    07/11/2015 3:40:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 10, 2015 | REBECCA TAYLOR
    I have acquaintances that a decade ago decided to adopt some “leftover” frozen human embryos created with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Presuming they were essentially adopting children, the couple first consulted an adoption attorney. Imagine their surprise when he referred them to a property-rights lawyer. In our state, human embryos are considered to be “property,” not people. Back in 2002, a Rand Corp. report revealed that there were 396,526 frozen embryos in the United States. There are certainly many more today, and in many states, these little lives have no more legal worth than a house or a car. This...
  • Dignitas Personae

    12/12/2008 12:06:09 PM PST · by annalex · 32 replies · 716+ views
    The Vatican ^ | 12.12.2008 | The Roman Curia
    Regarding the Instruction Dignitas PersonaeAim In recent years, biomedical research has made great strides, opening new possibilities for the treatment of disease, but also giving rise to serious questions which had not been directly treated in the Instruction Donum vitae (22 February 1987).  A new Instruction, which is dated 8 September 2008, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, seeks to provide some responses to these new bioethical questions, as these have been the focus of expectations and concerns in large sectors of society.  In this way, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith seeks both...
  • The Dissolving Family and the Bio Tech Revolution

    06/02/2015 11:06:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | June 1, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    This week’s article for National Catholic Register explores the seismic upheaval that has been the bio tech revolution. We seem blind to the fact that we are living in the midst of the most astounding technological revolution the world has ever seen. Biotechnology is the umbrella term for all the advances we have made in medical know-how, and reproductive technology is the most socially revolutionary subdivision of biotechnology. To put it simply, we no longer approach the transmission of human life as a sacred mystery — but, rather, have reduced it to the status of a baby-making machine that we’ve learned how...
  • Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later

    04/21/2015 1:24:34 PM PDT · by massmike · 42 replies
    http://bigstory.ap.org/ ^ | 04/21/2015 | KATE BRUMBACK
    He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot. That's why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child. Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sperm, they got a batch of emails from the sperm bank that unexpectedly — and perhaps mistakenly — included the donor's name. That set them on a sleuthing mission that quickly revealed he is schizophrenic, dropped out of college and had been arrested for burglary, they said in a lawsuit filed...