Since August 1991 more than 3.5 million human embryos have been created, producing only 235,480 “gestational sacs” or evidence of successful implantation. Of the embryos created, almost 840,000 were put into storage for future use and more than 2000 were stored for donation. Almost 5,900 were set aside for scientific research.
Almost 1.4 million embryos were implanted in the hope of beginning pregnancies, with fewer than one in six resulting in a pregnancy.
Nearly 1.7 million were discarded unused and a further 23,480 were discarded after being taken out of storage….
Lord [David] Alton [of Liverpool]… said last night that embryos were being created and thrown away in “industrial” numbers.
He added: “It happens on a day-by-day basis with casual indifference. This sheer destruction of human embryos – most people would not know that it took place on such a scale.”
~ Andrew Hough, The Telegraph, December 31
[HT: Bioethics.com; photo via StarStuddedSuperStep]