Woman Impregnated With Wrong Embyro/Survey

prengnat woman blunder

First, I’d like to say that I heard this from American Papist first.

Here’s what happened:

Due to an IVF clinic’s mistake, a woman had a stranger’s embryo implanted into her uterus. The woman surrendered the baby boy to the biological parents after he was born.

From MSN:

Paul and Shannon Morell of suburban Detroit said in a statement that they would be “eternally grateful” to Carolyn Savage for her decision to give birth to their child despite the clinic’s mistake.

“It’s been a long, difficult journey, and we’re thrilled that our family is now complete,” the Morells said. “We will be eternally grateful for his guardian angel, Carolyn Savage, and the support of the entire Savage family.”

I’m so very glad that Mrs. Savage did not have an abortion. However, I’d like to pose a question to all those pro-choicers out there (and pro-lifers please join in too, if you have some thoughts):

If Mrs. Savage had not wanted to carry a stranger’s baby, would you have supported her decision to have an abortion?

See, it’s her body. And no one else can tell what pregnant women should do with their bodies. “Her body, her choice”….Isn’t that what all pro-choicers truly believe? She shouldn’t have felt any obligation to carry a baby she didn’t want, let alone one that wasn’t her’s. Right?

Would the biological parents have had any say in the matter? Could they have prevented her from having the abortion? After all, this was their last chance to have a baby.

Please comment freely.

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One Response to Woman Impregnated With Wrong Embyro/Survey

  1. Tim Mercure says:

    There’s a lot to be considered here, but I have a few initial thoughts. For one, clearly the IVF clinic is at fault and if nothing else it should be their responsibility to rectify the situation (e.g. paying for any consequences, such as surgery).

    Now I’m inclined to say that the first priority here is the sperm/egg donor parents’ right to have their child. If the mistake is realised at a point when the baby can be safely removed from the uterus and implanted in the egg-donor mother’s uterus, that should be the first course of action. They should not be allowed to compel the other mother to have the child for them. They should not be allowed to compel the other mother to give birth to the child for them, however. (I imagine this requires the mistake to be caught very early, like still-a-zygote early; anyone know for sure?)

    If the situation is such that the baby cannot be safely moved, well, it’s not an easily answerable question. In a climate such as this where abortion is legal, I would have to say it’s the accidental mother’s right to abort. Unfortunate though it may be, she should not have to remain pregnant for nine months because the clinic made a grievous error.

    Of course, if you want to consider the situation where abortion is illegal, or just where the accidental mother doesn’t want to have an abortion, then we come to the real problematic question: if the accidental mother were to eventually give birth to the baby, who should have the rights to the child? I’m pretty torn because it’s such a bad situation, but if I had to make a decision right now I’d say that the woman who was accidentally implanted should be considered the rightful mother, having you know, carried the baby for nine months (and seeing as she was -not- a planned surrogate). And of course, the birth mother could do exactly as this woman did and give the child to the egg-donor parents. I just wouldn’t say that she should be required to.

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