In vitro creation of human embryos, a technique often used in fertility treatment, is morally wrong, first because it separates procreation from the conjugal act in marriage, and second because in practice unused embryos are often discarded, thus violating the principle that the human being is to be respected and treated as a person from the moment of conception.

Freezing such embryos is itself a violation of ethics, because it exposes them to a serious risk of death or harm. Most of such embryos remain "orphans". Despite the good intentions of people who have suggested a form of "prenatal adoption" to allow unused frozen embryos to be born, such a proposal would be subject to medical, psychological and legal problems.

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