White House May Defund Embryo Adoption Program

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The 2013 fiscal budget could do away with the only federal program aimed at preventing the destruction of frozen human embryos left over from treatments like in-vitro fertilization.

The Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign was created under the George W. Bush administration to allow couples to adopt the extra embryos and give them a chance to be born.

Babies born from embryos in the program are known as "snowflake" babies.

Yet, the Department of Health and Human Services said it "is not requesting funds for this program" in the upcoming budget, according to Obama administration officials.

The program costs about $1.9 million. Supporters say possible defunding is just more evidence of the pro-abortion policies of the Obama administration.

An embryo donation and adoption program is "a proven strategy" to help couples achieve parenthood, Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, medical director at the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, Tenn., told the Washington Times.

"Why would the Obama administration cut $2 million for adoption awareness, but keep $1 million a day for Planned Parenthood?" Mailee Smith, staff counsel at Americans United for Life, added.

"What people disagree about is the solution for these embryos," she continued. "What we're seeing is the elimination of the moral solution."

A congressional appropriations committee must now vote on the administration's request.

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