I would like to start with assumption that an embryo already exists. I don’t want to battle about how or why or what caused this embryo to exist. I want to discus about after the embryo is made what could happen. About what happens to the embryo itself and the future people involved.
There are two paths that I think could be very interesting. The first one being that men and women will create an embryo upon meeting rather than waiting to decide when they want to have a child. The second path I also think would be interesting to warrant discussion would be someone today creating many embryos with their specifically modified genetic material for the future plan of bringing the embryo to term.
Wouldn’t it be strange to think the custom exists where generally man meets woman and they date, marry and then one day decide if they want to have a child? Well, it does to some. Some others have varying opinions. But what if in the future a person will decide when they are young and healthy to create an embryo immediately. That embryo will be meant for use in the future when they are ready to raise a child that they will then use that embryo created with their younger, healthier couple. People do it now but with other intentions. People who know they will be receiving cancer treatments might create an embryo to use later when the cancer person is healthier.
What if it becomes generally acceptable and normal for a young individual take action and create that embryo before it was necessary or for a valid reason? What if it was common place today? An example could be for my 17 year old daughter and her also young boyfriend in an early relationship to immediately freeze an embryo? They would freeze that embryo now with today’s younger, hopefully healthy, selves with the possibility they might decide to use that embryo for the creation of life?
It could be the year 2040, when they are 43, that they would then use that embryo created back in 2015. Wouldn’t that be a strange way in the future to create life? It is weird to think about what will occur in the future that will seem so normal (like mobile phones today) but now would seem totally unbelievable.
The second path to discuss is more like a story from a paranormal book. However, it is still a path worth considering as a possibility. Let’s assume that today, someone, somewhere, is freezing embryo’s they created for some future purpose. Almost like a plan someone created from beginning to end taking over decades to complete.
Now imagine a future world where this person decides to develop and create a large population of similar people. This opens a whole black hole of ideas of what that population would be used for. I have no idea what it would be. I’m curious about the possibilities that it would hold for society.
It isn’t like cloning because it is not a whole group of the exact same embryo. I am talking about common genetic embryos developed into adults all in a similar surrounding. So, just so we are clear: similar NOT a clone. The group of adult people these embryo’s become would be almost too scary to even think about. That type of devious behavior that we would assume it to be could be could also be used for good.
All of these frozen embryo’s lying in wait. Waiting for someone to decide what to do with them. Will someone use an embryo to create a child that they wish to care and love? Or, will someone with 1,000 willing woman, ready to carry from birth till adulthood, inseminate the next group of…?
These are just two personal ideas. Now image all the possibilities that exist out there for all the current and future frozen embryo’s to be. I haven’t even thought about the whole stem cell possibilities. I’m thinking about the ways people could possibly use frozen embryo’s for various reasons that haven’t even been thought about yet.
Or were they?