For one critic, a report that IVF-conceived embryos are being cremated and turned into jewelry for their mothers shows the basic problem with the artificial creation of human embryos.
“I have no words. I have no category for who would think this would be something good to do,” said Jennifer Lahl, the founder and president of the California-based Center for Bioethics and Culture.
“It’s so undignified that these embryos have been destroyed to become jewelry,” she told CNA. “I thought, ‘My gosh, it really has hit rock-bottom’.”
Lahl, who has a background as a pediatric critical care nursing and hospital administration, has long been a critic of egg donation and IVF.
Now, the small Australian company Baby Bee Hummingbirds is turning embryos into keepsake jewelry.
A story in the Australian mothers’ website Kidspot portrays the process as a solution to “extra” embryos that are created in the in-vitro fertilization process. It recounts the story of a couple who had conceived three children, including twins, but faced financial strain in paying for the annual storage of the leftover embryos and could not imagine disposing of them or donating them.
“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,” Amy McGlade, the founder of Baby Bee Hummingbirds, told Kidspot.
Families send the jeweler IVF straws containing the embryos, which are cremated into embryo ash, which is then incorporated into the jewelry.
Kidspot cited one mother who had her embryos turned into jewelry through the business.
“I’d heard others had planted them in the garden but we move a lot, so I couldn’t do this,” said the mother, who had the seven embryos placed in a heart-shaped pendant. “I needed them with me.”
She said the six years of IVF treatment was “painful, tormenting, a strain on our marriage and just plain hard.”
“Finding this has brought me so much comfort and joy,” she said. “I finally at peace and my journey complete.”
“My embryos were my babies – frozen in time,” she said. “When we completed our family, it wasn’t in my heart to destroy them. Now they are forever with me in a beautiful keepsake.”
Full story at Catholic News Agency.
This is craziness and should be illegal!
It calls to mind the ugly images of the goddess Kali Ma of India, with her necklaces of human skulls.
More deaths occur at IVF clinics than abortion clinics. Yet no one would dare picket an IVF clinic because they serve the wealthy.
Anything that is sick, anything that is disgusting, anything that is nauseating is what the Democratic Party is in favor of.
PARDON ME WHILE I GO AND THROW UP!!
“My embryos were my babies – frozen in time,” she said. “When we completed our family, it wasn’t in my heart to destroy them. Now they are forever with me in a beautiful keepsake.” It wasn’t in her heart to destroy them SO… she destroyed them and wears the ashes of her dead babies around her neck. WOW, this is sick.
The mind boggles….
This is SICK– it should be ILLEGAL!! Also, IVF— declared to be a Mortal Sin, by our Church — should be ILLEGAL!! People need to humbly accept their God-given limitations, and in the case of not being able to conceive a child — adopt a needy child!!
You are right Linda Maria because adoption is the loving option.
Oh, that’s not even the bottom. If Planned Parenthood can make such tremendous profits by killing babies and selling their body parts, what’s to stop anyone else from doing the same.
There are many potential commercial uses, Lampshades, decorative hangings, it’s endless.
It would be even more profitable if mass produced and the cycle shortened. Women prisoners could be forced to abort a new baby every four or five months if aborted at that time, enabling them to conceive again on a shorter cycle.
Perhaps they can take all the people who refuse to celebrate same-sex unions and skin them alive and use their skin to make lampshades.