Bill to allow adoption of human embryos OK’d by Senate committee

Human embryos could be formally adopted by people who want to become parents, under a bill that passed a Senate committee Friday.

The bill is intended to clearly relinquish rights to a human embryo and allow the parents who try to bring the embryo to life to be the legal parents of any child who may be born. 

The legislation, House Bill 388, could come to the Senate floor for a vote next week. It has already passed the House. The bill defines a human embryo as a fertilized egg, from the single-cell stage to eight-week development.

The bill skirts the issue of whether the embryo is a person. While the embryo could be adopted – as a baby would be – the bill deals with a contract regarding a parent’s rights to an embryo. It does not give the embryo its own rights. 

Bill sponsor James Mills (R-Gainesville) said the bill would give peace of mind to those who accept a donated embryo and bring it to life. 

“If she’s carried it nine months, you’ve given it up,” Mills said.  

Embryo donation is already allowed in Georgia. The bill would codify it, Mills said. 

The adoption program would be voluntary.

4 comments Add your comment


March 27th, 2009
3:41 pm

Is this what our legislators are wasting their time on??? I bet they’ve managed to blow the budget on lip balm due to constantly kissing the hind quarters of Christian conservatives. We’re suffering record numbers of job losses and are second only to LA in traffic congestion and this is what they spend their time on. Will you clowns come and join us in the 21st century?


March 29th, 2009
8:57 am

What buffoonery! No wonder Georgia is such a laughing stock across the country.


March 30th, 2009
4:41 pm

During economic difficulties people tend to become extremely mioptic.

Couples have been receiving and adopting embryos for the past 20 years. They give birth to children after carrying the embryo for 9 months. They should have the same legal protections offered in a standard domestic adoption process. Thanks to the GA legislature for a giant step in the right direction.


March 30th, 2009
5:22 pm

The only thing that prevents Georgia from entering the 21st century is the 19th Century mentality of the conservative legislators.

Georgia actually gets more money BACK from the federal government than its citizens pay out in taxes, and yet elected officials still cannot manage to run keep the place in a financially sound condition.

The buffoonery in this case is takes the unborn into consideration while preventing a mother from having the right to protect her own life in cases of a dangerous pregnancy.