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.