Sean and Carolyn Savage, an Ohio couple, had hoped and struggled for one more child from in vitro fertilization. When the doctor’s call came, however, Sean was in “total shock”–they were told that the fertility clinic had implanted another couple’s embryos into Carolyn’s womb. Carolyn has now become an unintended surrogate. They rejected the thought of aborting the baby, and Carolyn will carry the baby to term and then relinquish him to his genetic parents. As she says, “We knew if our embryo had been thawed and negligently put into another woman, we would expect that the child would be returned to us.” Negligently is the key word here. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) supposedly has “a series of strong protocol recommendations” for clinics, but that’s all they are, recommendations.

Family Research Council’s Dr. David Prentice notes, “This is an entirely unregulated industry, a business. It’s the same manufacturing industry that brought us the ‘Octomom’ and ‘egg brokers,’ treating babies and women’s bodies and eggs as commodities.” Maybe it’s about time we took a harder look at the whole idea of cavalierly creating life in the lab.

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