Substitute for freezing embryos?

A California woman recently gave birth to a son conceived using both an egg and sperm that had been frozen. She was part of a study aimed at improving techniques for egg-freezing, which has proven much more difficult than successfully freezing sperm — according to the article, only about 200 children have been born from frozen eggs.

Egg-freezing is being promoted as a way for women to preserve their eggs so that they can become pregnant later in life. But I can think of another possible benefit. One reason “excess” embryos get created and frozen is that egg harvesting is both hard on the mother and expensive, so couples want to maximize their chances of conception for each harvest. If freezing of eggs can be made to work reliably, then women could be spared multiple egg harvests while still creating only as many embryos as they intend to implant in any given cycle.

“BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Lethal Injection…

…Death-Penalty States Return to Electric Chair and Hanging.”

As a death penalty opponent, I wouldn’t find much to celebrate in that headline. Similarly, as an abortion opponent, I’m not particularly excited that the partial-birth abortion ban was upheld. I understand the propaganda value of publicizing the gruesomeness of this form of abortion, but all the law means is that people wishing to do abortions past 20 weeks will have to use a different gruesome method. For this, years of effort have been spent?

We’re home!

Our daughter was born Sunday evening, April 1. If she gets a lot of April Fool’s Day teasing, we plan on reminding her that it’s all her fault for being stubborn and not wanting to come out until five days after she was due. ;-) She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces at birth and is in great health. It’s been a long few days, but we have a lot of help and everything is going very well.

I just can’t stop being amazed by her.