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From: "John de Rivaz" <>
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Subject: Re: time limit on embryo storage
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 12:54:39 -0000

> Message #23371
> From: Mike Perry <>
> Subject: Re: time limit on embryo storage
> I'm curious why there would be legal restrictions on how long one can
> embryos. Why the five- or ten-year limit? Is there fear that long-term
> storage would cause extra damage?
> Mike Perry

I think there are several reasons:

1. the James Bond Myth: A "Mr Big" could obtain an "unfair" advantage for
his offpsring by leaving their embryos together with an initially small
amount of money in an offshore trust for 1000 years to be reanimated rich
and powerful in the future.

2. Uninformed opinion based on sci-fi horror stories: Some probably
unfounded perception of a risk that deformed children could result who would
be a burden on the state

3. Pecking order: small minded officals enjoying power over others,
particularly men over women. News media sometimes shows reasonably
attractive women being distressed over this rule. (They usually are less
likey to make the news if they are not attractive.)

I cannot think of any logical or sensible reason.

Sincerely, John de Rivaz:  http://John.deRivaz.com for websites including
Cryonics Europe, Longevity Report, The Venturists, Porthtowan, Alec Harley
Reeves - inventor, Arthur Bowker - potter, de Rivaz genealogy,  Nomad .. and

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