#1 Ga. House Passes Nation's First Embryo Adoption Bill04-04-2009, 10:43 PM
This is going to upset those who say a embryo isn't a person. Although it doesn't give embryos the rights of a person, it is a rung on the ladder leading to personhood.
Called the "Option of Adoption Act," the measure is designed to prevent an embryo donor from later claiming the child born from that embryo to another family, according to The Associated Press.
It specifically provides procedures for the genetic parents to relinquish their rights to embryos before birth and allow the recipient intended parents to be the legal parents of the child that may be born as a result of embryo transfer.
Additionally, the bill changes the definition of "child" to include a human embryo and offers the same legal rights to adoption as human beings.
"We are pleased that we are making headway in our goal of establishing personhood for the pre-born," said Daniel Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life, in a statement. "Gone are the terms designating the human child at an embryonic stage as property ... devoid of rights."
As defined by the bill, a human embryo is a fertilized egg, from the single-cell stage to 8-week development.
Language in the bill stops short of granting an embryo its own rights and does not create personhood for embryos.“Progress is Providence without God. That is, it is a theory that everything has always
perpetually gone right by accident. It is a sort of atheistic optimism, based on an
everlasting coincidence far more miraculous than a miracle.”
G. K. Chesterton
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