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Ga. set to become 1st state with embryo adoption law
ATLANTA (BP)--The nation's first law governing the adoption of embryos is set to take effect in Georgia after being passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.The "Option of Adoption Act," which will go into effect July 1, will provide safeguards for both parties involved in an embryo adoption, which is a unique form of adoption in which a couple -- often an infertile one -- adopts one or more surplus embryos from a couple who has undergone in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
Embryo adoption allows the adopting mother to experience pregnancy and has been promoted by pro-lifers for years but, until now, has not been governed by the laws of any state. Significantly, the Georgia bill amends Georgia's adoption laws to make clear that embryo adoption in fact is a form of adoption. The law also allows adoptive parents to file in court for a final order of adoption (for the child who is born as the result of the embryo adoption), which supporters of the new law say clarifies that the adopting parents are eligible for claiming some but not all of their expenses for the federal adoption tax credit, which this year is more than $11,000.
Although embryo adoption tends to be cheaper than traditional adoption it nevertheless can still cost several thousands of dollars.
Couples who undergo an embryo adoption in a state without such a law as Georgia's must sign private legal contracts that treat the embryo as property. The new Georgia law defines an embryo as "an individualized fertilized ovum of the human species from the single-cell stage to eight-week development."
The law has the support of the nation's embryo adoption programs, including Nightlight Christian Adoptions, which runs the nation's oldest embryo adoption program -- the Snowflakes program. Read More
Okla. enacts sex-selection, cloning bans
OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--Oklahoma Democratic Gov. Brad Henry has signed into law bills banning sex-selection abortions and human cloning. Read More
Assisted suicide claims 1st victim in Wash.
SEATTLE (BP)--Washington state has its first legal death by physician-assisted suicide since the state's voters approved the practice ... Read More
'Inland hurricane' gets D.R. from 10 statesCARBONDALE, Ill. (BP)--Nearly three weeks after what the National Weather Service called an "inland hurricane," 170 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers from 10 state conventions have worked some 850 chainsaw jobs ... Read More
SBC seminaries send forth graduates
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The work of the six seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention is showcased with each spring's commencement. Reports on five of the seminaries' services follow:
MIDWESTERN -- The instruction of the Apostle Paul in the first seven verses of the Book of Romans provides graduates of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., with answers to vital questions for life, the seminary's president said.
R. Philip Roberts preached from Romans 1:1-7 at P... Read More
Family of 4 graduates together
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--When Audrey Johnston walked across the stage to accept her master of divinity degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, her mother-in-law followed every step she took, ready to receive her own degree. Their husbands cheered them on and then stepped in line to become the next graduates earning diplomas from the seminary.
It wasn't the first time the Johnston family shared the stage at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo., for a commencement service. ... Read More
19 inmates earn degrees at Parchman
PARCHMAN, Miss. (BP)--In some ways, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's extension center graduation May 20 mirrored any other seminary graduation ceremony.
The service included singing, prayers, a sermon and the recognition of God-called ministers. Proud families and friends were in attendance to share in the joyous occasion. The 28 men receiving undergraduate degrees even wore traditional black graduation caps and gowns. But this was no ordinary graduation service. And these were no... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Justice Sotomayor: more for some, less for others?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--President Obama, while a presidential candidate, gave a very important speech (March 18, 2008) on race in America. Read More