Frozen embryos for adoption

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7 October 2004, BARCELONA - A Spanish clinic is to offer frozen embryos for adoption for the first time, it was announced Thursday.

7 October 2004

BARCELONA - A Spanish clinic is to offer frozen embryos for adoption for the first time, it was announced Thursday.

The biological parents of the unborn children have given the 1,700 embryos to the clinic for them to decide their future.

The move, launched by the Institute Marqués de Barcelona, is likely to provoke criticism from Pro-Life groups and the Catholic Church in Spain.

The clinic will start the programme from 1 November when medical staff are to begin the implantation of embryos into to mothers.

The law was changed in November last year to allow embryos to be implanted into the biological mothers or for the parents to donate the embryos to others.

The Institute said in a statement that it would now be able to decide the future of the embryos which had been donated to the centre.

The embryos were given to the centre on the condition that they could only use them after five years. 

This month, the new law on reproduction is to receive Royal approval and be passed.  It would allow parents to give 'spare' embryos up for research.

In Spain there are thought to be 800,000 frozen embryos which were given by couples  who were in process of fertilisation in vitro.

The new law will allow these embryos to be used in four ways.

They can be donated, implanted into the biological mother, donated for medical research and used for stem cell research.

Marisa López-Teijón, the gynaecologist of the centre, said most couples did not know how what the future of the frozen embryos should be.

Sixty-one percent of couples had either not decided the fate of the embryos or did not answer the centre's question on the subject.

Only 6 percent wanted to donate them to the centre  for research and just over two percent want to destroy them.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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