07/24/2006 10:47 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

An Heroic and Unselfish Way to Give Meaning to a Life Lost

As Mr. Bush stood, surrounded by some of the 128 children adopted and
born from the 400,000 frozen embryos in existence, and announced his
VETO of a bill that would take "...innocent human life in the hope of
finding medical benefits for others" ....I thought of the 399,872
embryos still in laboratory deep freeze. Since most couples wish to
use their own eggs and sperm for in vitro fertilization, the numbers of
these "unused" embryos (399,872) placed out for adoption remains tiny.
So what will happen to them? They remain frozen in time....but for how
long? How long can human tissue be kept frozen and recoverable without
deterioration and/or death? Could we employ 399,872 surrogates to
carry them to term? To whom would they belong? Would we set up
orphanages for them? As of this moment, they are destined to be
destroyed (wouldn't that be the same as killed?). Without intervention
these human beginnings will be no more.....sooner or later!

In today's wonderful world of science, when a child is born too soon
to live outside the womb, everything is done to give it a chance at
life. When death occurs or is inevitable, parents often make a
decision to allow organs or tissue of their child to be used to save
the lives of others. An heroic and unselfish way to give meaning to a
life lost.

Now that this bill has been defeated by this president, those 399,872
frozen embryos, too young to live outside the womb, will be destroyed
or simply discarded. If they were to be released from their frozen
state and not placed in a womb, they would simply die. But under
controlled conditions in the hands of scientists dedicated to curing
disease and relieving human suffering, their human tissue could be used
in research to develop cures to save or ease the lives of others. An
heroic and unselfish way to give meaning to a life lost.

Perhaps in the future, the in vitro process will not result in
"leftover" or "unused" embryos. With time and research, there may be
better options found, but time is running out for this group of 399,872
and for the suffering people who could be helped. I pray that this
bill is reintroduced soon and that our Congress heeds the voices of the
people and stands strong to override a veto (if necessary). Hopefully,
they will act quickly.....the clock is ticking!