The findings are published in the latest online issue of the journal Science.
Nearly half of those questioned (49%) indicated they were “somewhat or very likely” to donate their unused frozen embryos to medical research. When asked if they would be willing to donate the embryos for stem cell research, specifically, 60% of the respondents answered in the affirmative, even though the survey made it clear that the embryos would be destroyed in the process.
“The wishes of this key group have been missing from the debate,” Faden says. “These embryos are created by real people with names and stories. And those people have views about their own moral responsibilities to these embryos and what they want to happen to them.”
Certainly this probably won't change many people's opinion.
In fact I could see it making some "Pro-Life" who were either for or neutral for fertility treatments backing off from those positions, and if they still support it, support it only with restrictions like Italy has now
(read this article if you want to know more on Italy's restrictions:
And I could see "Pro-Choice" people claiming this a good thing.
Though, unless you were "Pro-Life" from point of implanation forward, I never could see how they could logic to justisfy destroying unimplanted zygotes for research except as a pragmatic "so what do we do with these extra zygotes".
I also found it interesting that there is people who had such trouble conceiving and having children not will to donate 'excess' zygotes for other couples with the same problems....
(Note: I put "Pro-Life" and "Pro-Choice" in quotations because I find them such limitating labels, especially in stem-cells/assistive reproductive technologies debate...)
Edited by sierraleone, 21 June 2007 - 01:31 PM.