Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed the Option of Adoption Act on May 5, making Georgia the first state with an embryo adoption law.
As the new law recognizes the potential of embryos, it is a celebration for pro-life supporters.
Embryo adoptions have existed at least since the 1980s.
When couples undergo in vitro fertilization, multiple embryos are typically created. People who decide not to use all the embryos are given choices:
Keep the embryos frozen until a future time.
Donate them for medical purposes â€" such as stem cell research.
Release them for adoption.
In embryo adoptions, embryos are implanted in women so they are allowed to physically give birth to their own adopted child. The problem? This terminology is rather sensitive.
As Reginald Finger explains in Embryo Adoption â€" A Life-Affirming Parenthood Choice", his article:
"Some medical infertility specialists are uncomfortable saying 'adoption' in this context because children are adopted, and if the embryo comes ...1