Mike and Stephanie Maciborski may be part of the answer. A few years ago, they adopted Andrew. Another few years would pass before they adopted Mark. I don’t think either parent can imagine what life would be like today without these two wonderful boys in the family. You see, Mike and Stephanie could not conceive on their own and if not for adoption, they would be childless.
But that is only part of the story.
The story really begins with the in vitro fertilization of an egg. Better yet, the story began with the in vitro conception of a human life. The resulting embryo is frozen and stored at a fertility facility until the egg donor is ready for its implantation. If that day never comes, or should there be more embryos than the mother is ready or willing to accept, the remaining embryos may be disposed of. In short, they are discarded and may end up in a bio-hazard waste bin or in the petri dish of a scientist intent on harvesting the stem cells they contain.
In this case, the story moves to an infertile couple in California with an appreciation for the sanctity of human life. The opportunity to adopt these two embryos gave life a chance, and gave Mike and Stephanie a family.
Sadly, there are probably few people who have embryos in storage who are aware of the option to offer their unused/unwanted embryos up for adoption. Perhaps the state in which they reside does not offer such adoptions. In any case, the sad truth is that many people just don’t know that there are options out there for them besides throwing away a life.
I would encourage you to research this matter further. If a program exists in your state, learn all you can and help spread information about the service. If a program does not exist, look for ways to join or support groups that may be trying to institute such a program. If no groups exist, consider whether it’s a calling in your life to start the process on your own.
We may not be able to stop the Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, but perhaps we can lessen the number of discarded embryos at the disposal of scientists. We may not be able to save every life out there, but one life saved is invaluable. But if we do nothing…
Well, how can we know and do nothing?
I don’t think one can watch the video and not be moved by the wonderful difference Mike and Stephanie have made! Thank you both for sharing!
There is always another option!