Snowflake children is a term used by organizations that promote the adoption of embryos left over from in vitro fertilisation to describe children that result, where the children's parents were not the original cell donors. These embryos are transferred to infertile couples via embryo adoption, although the legal process of taking ownership of an embryo differs from that of traditional adoption. According to a CBS News article dated July 28, 2005, the term "Snowflake" was coined by the first agency to provide the transfer service, Nightlight Christian Adoptions. One hundred thirty-four children have been born from this program.
Members of the Nightlight Christian Adoptions, the Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign, and others now also use the term for the frozen embryos themselves.
While the term "Snowflake babies" has been used to describe babies born in this manner, the first snowflake children are no longer babies. According to the CBS News article, the first snowflake baby, Hannah, was born in 1998 to Marlene and John Strege. I am a reader who has my own "snowflake baby", Molly, born in November of 1997.
Former president George W. Bush has made public appearances together with snowflake children while speaking about his support for adult stem cell research and his opposition to embryonic stem cell research.
Criticism of the term
Members of the Nightlight Christian Adoptions, the Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign, and Embryos Alive Adoption Agency use the term "snowflake baby" as a synonym for any embryo that has been frozen. However, that use of the term, and the related term "embryo adoption," are at times controversial in some circles.
- Nightlight Christian Adoptions Snowflakes Program
- Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign
- Embryo Adoption Agency
- https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/remember-the-wonder/id636536787 (Snowflake Song)
- Nightlight Christian Adoptions
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- Susan L. Crockin (4 December 2005). "How do you 'adopt' a frozen egg?'". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2006-08-29.
- "GRG Editorial: White House Snow Flakes in May?". GERONTOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP. 25 May 2005. Retrieved 2006-08-29.
- Margaret Carlson (9 June 2005). "`Snowflakes' Cloud Debate on Stem-Cell Bill: Margaret Carlson". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2006-08-29.
- Jessie Beauchaine (17 June 2009). "The next frontier of the stem cell debate: 'Snowflake' babies, embryo 'adoption,' and being preborn again'". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2009-06-26.