If you have extra embryos from your IVF treatment and don’t know what to do with them, you can now keep them close to you forever — and it’s as alarming as it sounds.
Baby Bee Humingbirds, a company in Australia, is now using “leftover” human embryos from IVF treatment to craft jewelry. (via Fox News)
How does something that sounds so horrifying work? The company takes the “embryo straws” — as they call them — and preserves and cremates them into an ash. The preserved DNA, now in ash form, is then added into resin for the piece.
Reasons given for turning “unused” embryos from IVF treatment into jewelry range from simply not wanting to donate them or not being able to justify the storage fee.
“I don’t believe there is any other business in the world that creates jewelry from human embryos, and I firmly believe that we are pioneering the way in this sacred art, and opening the possibilities to families around the world,” commented Amy McGlade, the founder of Baby Bee Hummingbird.
Some parents have gotten pendants made with their embryos in them, while others are ordering different types of jewelry made with their “leftovers”.
One woman, who is a mother to a four-year-old and a set of 21-month-old twins, thinks this is a great idea.“My embryos were my babies — frozen in time. When we completed our family, it wasn’t in my heart to destroy [the extra embryos]. Now they are forever with me in a beautiful keepsake,” she said.
She says that, because of this company, she can keep her seven embryos close to her heart in a heart-shaped pendant.
Parents Belinda and Shaun Stafford stated that donating “wasn’t an option,” and it was getting too expensive to keep storing them. ““I needed them with me,” remarked Belinda.And so, the Staffords chose the option of having jewelry made with their “babies.”
Writing for National Review, Wesley J. Smith aptly observed that this just illustrates “the crassness of our age” that someone would take destroyed human embryos and turn them into jewelry. He has a valid point. That anyone would forgo donating their living and viable embryos — opting instead to have them destroyed — and make them into a necklace is horrifying. Some might even rightly call it evil.
A living human embryo is still a person, regardless of whether that small life is in the womb or preserved outside of it. We have arrived to an uncomfortable and morally bankrupt place when it’s possible to somehow rationalize destroying an unborn child to satisfy our consumeristic appetite. Instead of donating leftover embryos, which could help another couple get pregnant — giving that baby a chance at surviving — people are paying $80 to $600 to wear their dead children as decorations.
This ultimately brings up the inherent moral question regarding IVF itself. While not being able to have children naturally is a heartbreaking pain that never truly goes away, IVF often requires multiple tries, meaning the high likelihood that a living human embryo — for whatever reason — won’t implant properly and therefore die. We are truly talking about life and death here, and it’s not our domain to operate in as we please. This is God’s domain.