SORRY, YOUR TIME IS UP

A CONTROVERSIAL BRITISH LAW TARGETS 3,000 HUMAN EMBRYOS FOR DISPOSAL

Now that it is under way, the liquidation will not take long. Last Thursday workers at fertility clinics across Britain started taking vials out of liquid-nitrogen storage vats and allowing them to thaw. In some cases, the tiny specks inside--each the size of a pinpoint and consisting of one to four cells--were dosed for good measure with rubbing alcohol or salt water. By sometime next week, it will all be over. About 3,300 fertilized human eggs and potentially viable embryos will have been destroyed.

Parental intervention can still save some of these barely visible blobs of protoplasm, and last week a...

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