Scientist advocates using eggs from aborted babies’ ovaries to make babies

In an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Jonathan M Berkowitz advocates using the egg cells in the ovaries of female aborted babies to help infertile couples have children. He wants to develop embryos that are from the eggs of aborted babies and the sperm of donors. In this way, an aborted baby would be the biological mother of the child. 

Berkowitz writes:

“Fetal egg children will be similar in many ways to children who are adopted… Successful child development is dependent more upon the quality of parenting than the genealogical ties a child has with her parents. Given the considerations, concerns over the possible psychological ramifications of the FEC are probably exaggerated… Better this child know his special circumstances at an early age…

There is no medical evidence which suggests that fetal ovaries or eggs are inferior to the eggs present in a healthy adult female… It is irrelevant who the genetic or biological mother of a child is. In the case of adopted children, who are analogous to potential FEC, there is ample evidence in the literature that adoption in and of itself is not detrimental… Given the success of adoption and the similarities of adopted children to FEC, one can reasonably conclude that concerns of psychological harm resulting from a child knowing his mother was an aborted fetus are overestimated…

Much of the resistance to FOT stems from the procedure’s novelty. Throughout the 20th century many of our ideas as to what is possible and hence normal have been shattered. Think of the computer user, in 1980; his 64 KB monster sitting mightily on the desk, confronted by the 33 MHz, 200 MB laptop. Remember the uproar in 1978 with the birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first “test tube baby.” It will not be hard to envision that once established, FOT and FEC … will gain… a well-deserved measure of respectability.”

Jonathan M Berkowitz “Mummy Was a Fetus: Motherhood and Fetal Ovarian Transplantation” Journal of Medical Ethics 21:298 – 304, October 1995

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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