Jewelry Company Offers “Keepsakes” Made From IVF Human Embryos

Ardee Coolidge
care-net.org
2017-06-04

If objectification is the reduction of a human being into a mere thing, then this is the most objectifying action I can think of.

Pro-choice activists often criticize pro-life organizations like Care Net because of their belief that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection. These activists argue that fetuses are not persons until birth and that embryos are not babies. Indeed, the belief that a fertilized embryo deserves protection is often greeted with ridicule by voices in the media.
“How could you say this microscopic embryo is a person?” they ask.

You can imagine my surprise when I read a story about an Australian company that offers keepsake jewelry made from human embryos leftover from in vitro fertilization. Due to the costs and inherent high risk of failure of IVF treatment, many more embryos are conceived than will be implanted. These extra embryos are then donated, kept in long-term storage, or destroyed.

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