PRESIDENT: THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS UNDERGOING FERTILITY TREATMENT ARE "NOT ETHICAL" AND LACK "OUR MORAL VALUES"
... our conscience calls us to pursue the possibilities of science in a manner that respects human dignity and upholds our moral values.
I appreciate the fact that we're joined by a lot of folks who share the deep desire to advance science, and at the same time, uphold our moral values....
Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical....
--"President Bush Discusses Stem Cell Veto and Executive Order," June 20, 2007
A majority of couples with stored embryos from fertility treatments say they would be willing to donate unused embryos for stem cell research, says a doctor who surveyed patients.
... Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly of Duke University ... and Ruth R. Faden of Johns Hopkins University decided to ask the opinions of couples who had undergone fertility treatments and who had frozen embryos in storage at treatment centers.
...Of 1,020 people who responded by saying they still had embryos in storage, 49 percent said they were likely to donate some or all of them for research. When asked specifically about stem cell research, the portion willing to donate embryos rose to 62 percent....
--AP, June 20, 2007
Here's a really interesting detail of that survey:
[Lyerly] added that research was preferred over donating the embryos to other infertile couples, "which brings into question the idea that the more you care about an embryo, the more you want it to become a child."
So, for the majority of these couples, fertility treatments aren't about LIFE!!! -- they're about reproducing their own genes. People want babies with their own genetic material, and they want them for themselves. Beyond that, they'd rather donate the embryos to science than have other people raising kids made of their genes.