Where Can Discarded Embryos Go?

Mark Mellinger | December 27, 2016


Dr. Jeffrey Keenan is president and medical director of the National Embryo Donation Center, a Christian non-profit in Knoxville, Tennessee, dedicated to protecting the lives and dignity of human embryos by promoting, facilitating, and educating about embryo donation and embryo adoption.


How would you describe your work?

The National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), of which I’m privileged to be a part, is a ministry that emphasizes the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception. We accept embryos remaining from in vitro fertilization (IVF) from around the country and then allow those embryos the chance to be adopted and hopefully carried to term. I perform the frozen embryo transfers (FETs) and help oversee the governance of the organization.

As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?

We are all made in God’s image and, whether we’re embryos or aged and on life support, we are still treasured in his eyes. The NEDC allows me and our team to prove that human embryos are not just masses of cells, but human life. However, we are also helping fulfill the command to “be fruitful and multiply,” since most of the couples who adopt embryos through us could…


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