by angela belock
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“How are you doing this morning Tim?” Dr. Stevens walks in happily looking down at the sweet infant in her mother’s arm. He knew his lab had just made another dream come true. His lab, his ability, had made all this possible. In Vitro Fertilization was the key to so many problems. Now he had to ask a difficult favor of this couple. “Samantha, she’s beautiful.
“What can we do for you today?” Tim asks as he gets up and looks down at God’s beautiful gift snuggling in his wife’s protective arms.
Looking at the young couple nervously, he wasn’t sure how to ask. Dr. Stevens just didn’t know where to begin. “Tim, first I want to say I’m glad you and your wife have finally fulfilled that dream you always wanted. Now I want to ask you to help fulfill the dream of many thousands of other living people. My lab has been approved to receive government money for stem cell research.”
Tim’s temple begins to thump, Samantha keeps her eyes focused on the beautiful child trying not to let any emotion show. They both knew and didn’t want to think about what was coming next. But Dr. Stevens pushes on, “We need to free up our fertilization lab so that other deserving parents can create their own dreams. So we are going to have to get rid of the left over embryos in our lab. We know you already said this child would be your last, so your embryos are on the list to be disposed of.
Tim looks at him, angrily digesting this news, then suddenly his heart clenches, his fist clench, and for a minute he wants to scream. Is it so easy today to make life and then destroy it. Is it right to give these doctors such ability to take such a miracle of life and think of it as nothing more then space used in a storage freezer? “What are you wanting to do with my remaining children?”
Dr. Stevens looks at Samantha and he can’t read what her thoughts are, but she hasn’t quit staring at her baby since he started this conversation. “What I am asking of you is to let me use the cells of the embryos to do research. I’m asking you to let my lab take the stem cells from your embryos so that we can find cures for diabetes, Parkinson Disease, and other ailments that we have not been able to cure.”
Samantha slowly lifts her eyes from her daughter and looks at the doctor so sadly. Speaking softly Samantha says, “Let me ask you a question, Dr. Stevens.”
“Sure, Samantha, whatever you want?”
Trying to keep from crying she works through her emotions and replies, “Which life is more valuable to you? My Children sitting in limbo waiting for another loving mother to nurse and grow them into life, or a living person who has already had a chance in this world, whom God already knows and loves?
Dr. Stevens looks at her and replies, “Who are we to say that God loves your embryos more then the children he has on the earth suffering?”
Tim puts his hand on her shoulder. Samantha looks into her husband’s eyes and replies, “Dr. Stevens, God loves them all. You may have the science to start fertilization, but it’s truly God’s great design that gives it all life. To me, in your lab, sits the potential for greatness, and you through your own choice would destroy that.
Tim looks at Dr. Stevens, “We knew you would eventually ask us this question, and we have talked about it. We have decided we want to give our children in your lab a chance at life. We are going to offer them up for adoption.”
Dr. Stevens shakes his head. “Many of those embryos don’t survive.”
“But at least we have given them a chance at life.” Tim replies quietly looking into his daughter’s sweet face. “Today is her birthday. Today is her chance to give God reason to rejoice. We will not ruin that rejoicing by talking about destroying life.”
Dr. Stevens stands there looking at them and replies, “But what if it’s her life you are eventually saving?”
Samantha replies, “We all want to go home to our Father sometime. Why would I prolong my journey here, when something else so much better is waiting for me up there. No Doctor. How could I accept that chance when I know another dies so unwillingly for it..”
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