Value of Life // The Deep

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A Note From The Editors 

On October 26, 2020, a healthy baby girl named Molly Gibson was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Molly was conceived … in 1992. 

Yup, you read that right.

Molly is an IVF baby, as you probably guessed. And as far as we know, she’s the longest-frozen embryo that’s resulted in a live birth (she sat frozen in an IVF clinic for nearly 28 years before getting implantedher big sister Emma, was frozen at the same time but implanted two years earlier)

Thinking about Molly, Emma and the millions of frozen embryos sitting in IVF clinics got us pondering some much larger questions: Are all lives sacred? Or are some lives expendable? … and if so, under what circumstances? We explored these questions in one of our very first (and one of our very favorite) newsletters. So when we saw the headlines about Molly’s birth earlier this month, we knew we had to dust it off and reread it. We loved this topic so much that we decided to post it here again for you (along with some *fascinating* poll results we've received since!). 

And as always, we love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Drop them in the comments section

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The Newsletter

 

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Take-Home Question 

Is all life truly sacred?

Something to quite literally take home and think on. Talk about it with others, post about, have an existential crisis about... you get it.  

 

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Poll Results

Q: If time travel was perfected... Should we go back in time and kill baby Hitler?
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Q: Are you in favor of the death penalty?
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Q: Is preventing a life from being formed more morally acceptable than terminating a life that has already been formed?
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Q: A man and a woman do IVF together, then a year later they break up without having used the embryos. The man desperately wants biological children but had an accident and now cannot produce viable sperm... Does he have the right to implant his embryos in his new girlfriend if the biological mother doesn't want to use them herself?
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Q: You and your partner do IVF and wind up with 5 extra embryos you aren't planning on implanting... If you only had these two options, what would you do: discard them, or donate them to other couples who want to get pregnant?
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Poll results taken from @thedeep.life Instagram stories.
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