of Adopted Frozen Embryos Speak Out In Stem Cell Debate
Nine-month old twins (left to right) Luke and Mark
Borden of Falbrook, California, who were adopted while they were frozen
By Dave Andrusko
it may not seem possible at this late stage, there is one quiet
dimension of the loud debate over embryonic stem cell research that has
gone virtually unheard.
Proponents argue that embryos created at infertility clinics but not
implanted are nothing more than "spares," mere cells which
have no moral status. The only "respect" they should be
extended, proponents argue, comes when their stem cells are lethally
extracted and used for experimentation in search of cures for various
|Marlene Strege and
her 28-month-old daughter Hannah, who was the first frozen embryo
adopted through the Snowflakes Human Embryo Adoption Program.
'2001 Huge Success
Jacki Ragan holds the hand of Ann McMurray as her delighted mother
Colleen McMurray looks on. Photo by
By Dave Andrusko
over 1,000 dedicated pro-lifers came away from NRLC 2001 universally
praising the three-day gathering as one of the finest conventions ever.
"Measure it anyway you want," said convention director Jacki
Ragan, "and the answer is the same: people couldn't have been
happier with this year's time together."
Even before the June 28 opening session, the atmosphere was electric.
Clearly, attendees came to Charlotte, North Carolina, primed to learn,
to share, and to fellowship.
That special chemistry that makes a good convention great was evident
the night before the convention formally convened.
BULK SUBSCRIPTIONS of
Associate Executive Director
Darla St. Martin
Winning Pro-Life Strategy
to Save Some Lives Now than None at All, Ever
This editorial is reproduced from the National
Catholic Register's "Commentary and Opinion" page. As NRL
News goes to press, NRLC President Dr. Wanda Franz and her
husband, Dr. Gunter Franz, are on vacation at the home of their daughter
and son in law, Angela and David Franks. The Franzes raced from the NRL
Convention to be present for the birth of Angela and David's first
child: Caterina Maria Franks. Caterina was born July 3, 2001. She
weighed six pounds, two ounces. Congratulations to the new parents and
Pro-lifers share a common goal. We want
to end abortion and build a world which respects the lives of all God's
children, born and unborn.
But not all pro-lifers agree on the best strategy for achieving that
The millions of Americans who have worked with National Right to Life,
its state affiliates, or its community chapters during the past 28 years
have saved the lives of countless unborn babies through a carefully
thought out strategy of intensive education, legislation, and political
action. Our strategy is sometimes called "incremental" because
we have advanced toward our goal in increments, rather than waiting to
pass perfect legislation.
We have seized every available opportunity to save as many lives and
make the maximum progress possible each day and each year without
compromising our ultimate goal.
Legislatively, we support full, legal protection for unborn children. We
also support more limited legislation, which can be passed more quickly,
to begin saving lives immediately.