In the world of little lives (little as in cellular-level little, the medical community calls them embryos), we find that they are assigned their value by the perspective of a bigger, multi-cellular being.
In March, a cryopreservation tank at the University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH experienced an apparent tank malfunction resulting in a rise in tank temperatures to the point of thawing precious eggs and embryos. Estimates from that facility alone report over 4000 lost embryos and eggs affecting approximately 950 families. A recent article indicated more than 50 lawsuits have been filed against University Hospitals for damages resulting from the loss of life, embryonic life.
This heartbreaking loss for hundreds of couples has been devastating. For women and couples facing diagnosis of ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, or other health concerns affecting fertility, in vitro fertilizations (IVF) technology and embryo cryopreservation have offered couples wanting to have babies the chance to have children containing their genetic makeup.
As one mom stated in a CNN release, ‘These were our future children.’
Perspective and Value
If this proves one thing it’s that life has value. The clients at IVF clinics all had reasons to turn to cryopreservation, that being that they hoped to one day create life. And, if you asked them what they thought that life would be like, many of them would describe potential experiences filled with laughter, smiles and happiness. That future life, which is now gone, had value.
The simple truth is that value can be placed on everything – and value is subjective. Some people value family, some people value children, and some people value the choice to not have a child – however, fewer people are placing value in this choice.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 652,639 people made that choice in 2014 (the last time these numbers were tabulated). That number seems like a lot until you compare it to 1990 when that number was over 1.4 million. What does this mean?
Despite the fact that abortion is legal, fewer people are placing value in it. More people are valuing life.