After reading this very sad Boston Globe story a few days ago, I found a comment on a story published in the Seattle Times last October. I've reproduced the comment in full, below.
The Times story's headline is "What should be done with excess frozen embryos?"
My question is: "why are we tolerating a system that makes this question necessary?"
Read this and, perhaps, weep:
I am sitting here heart broken. About a week and a half ago My husband and I recieved information from our clinic that we have a month to make a decision. We have eight frozen embryo's from our failed IVF last year. We need to decide if we will discard them, donate them, store them, or try to use them.
My hearts desire is to try to use them. I am a stay at home mom, and my husband has been laid off from his job since November. We have sacrificed all of our finances on the proceedure from last year.
I feel completely hopeless. What I am going through right now is way more difficult than the loss of my two babies to ectopic pregnancies, or the loss to the failed IVF proceedure. I have eight babies. Eight possible children, eight possible siblings for my six year old son who is willing to give up toys and fun for the opportunity.
How can I sign off to just dispose of my babies when I would give my left arm for the chance to try again. How could I just donate them to someone else. In my heart I honestly feel that is the same as adopting out my little boy, it is not an option.
I never had a clue I would be put in this horrible position and feel completly stupid, and utterly hopeless.