Tina Gibson, 26, of Tennessee has given birth to a baby that was conceived by another woman when Tina herself was only 18 months old. Tina and her husband Ben's daughter Emma Wren was born November 25, and holds the record for being born after the longest time spent as a frozen embryo - more than 24 years.
Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, Medical Director of the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), said:
The NEDC has been privileged to work with the Gibsons to help them realize their dreams of becoming parents. We hope this story is a clarion call to all couples who have embryos in long-term storage to consider this life-affirming option for their embryos.
Dad Benjamin said "Emma is such a sweet miracle. I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago."
The NEDC is a faith-based center that "(protects) the lives and dignity of frozen embryos of frozen embryos that would not be used by their genetic parents and to help other couples build the families they have longed for via donated embryos." Families have come to them from around the world to adopt.
Reason to rejoice, right? Not if you're a Progressive, many of whom were less than pleased. A few typical takes:
Why not have a nice fresh baby? Was this embryo on clearance?— Seana (@ThusSpokeStella) December 19, 2017
And then there was this woman, who didn't want to see this baby as coming from God. Obviously, the baby came from a benevolent government!
I just saw a post about how a frozen embryo was successfully implanted and resulted in a birth of a beautiful baby. How, the poster asked, could one see such a miracle and not believe in God? For me? It's easy.— J.R. Blackwell (@jrblackwell) December 19, 2017
She talks about people working hard for degrees and cures but, also, this:
I think about grant writers pouring over government forms trying to figure out exactly what words to write to secure a grant.— J.R. Blackwell (@jrblackwell) December 19, 2017
Of course, for the faithful, none of these things are mutually exclusive. So, there you have it, perhaps the hottest of takes: miracles don't come from God, they come from government grants! I guess it's easy to see why one side values life so much more.