Dramatic Stories of Life Beginning At Fertilization

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Family Research Council

CONTACT: Kristin Hansen, (202) 393-2100
FOR RADIO: Kelly Green

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A press conference will take place on Monday, July 16th on Capitol Hill to dramatically emphasize the enduring truth that human life begins at fertilization- not merely at implantation. Two families will come forward whose children were conceived outside their mothers' wombs and legally adopted while in their embryonic stage, before implantation. These children-once tiny blastocysts-and their stories illuminate the great debate currently underway in our country about experimenting on embryonic human beings.

WHAT: Press conference bringing forward parents who have born and legally adopted children conceived in vitro.


  • Mr. John and Mrs. Lucinda Borden and their 9-month old sons, Luke and Mark, from Falbrook, Calif.
  • Mrs. Marlene Strege, with her husband and 28-month old daughter, Hannah, from Fontana, Calif.
  • Joann Davidson , Program Director of Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program
  • Ken Connor, President, Family Research Council, Washington, D.C.
  • Samuel B. Casey, Executive Director & CEO, Christian Legal Society
  • Thomas G. Hungar, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, co-counsel with Human Life Advocates

WHEN: Monday, July 16th at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: House Triangle at the U.S. Capitol

"Nothing less than life itself is at stake in this raging controversy," Family Research Council President Ken Connor said. "This issue is about small human beings, but it is by no means a small issue. July 16th is, significantly, the anniversary of the first atomic explosions at Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1945. Just as that historic event cast its looming shadow over the survival of mankind-and continues to challenge us to this day-so the decisions to be made about embryonic human life are laden with eternal significance. No one thought then that atomic weapons were insignificant because they were based on the tiniest particles of matter. Everyone recognized then and we recognize now that decisions about the smallest particles can have universal importance.

"So it is in this debate. We are close to a decision that will determine whether human beings may be brought into being for the use of others and then killed or whether human life is sacred and must be defended even at - and especially at - its earliest stages. No question exists here of a mother's rights. These decisions affect human life itself."

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