Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Portrait of Elisha

Elisha Lancaster was the first child in Washington state to be "adopted" as an embryo. She is seen atop the family horse, Oso, who she often rides with her mother.

Cedar Park Assembly of God Church in Bothell is starting a new "embryo adoption" service, where couples who have gone through in vitro fertilization donate any leftover embryos to infertile couples. While that practice is, in itself, not particularly controversial, the question of what's to be done with some 400,000 frozen embryos in storage nationwide touches on some of the most controversial issues of the day, from abortion to embryonic stem-cell research.

Click here, to read Janet Tu's story and view our multimedia piece.

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