Mother Selling 6 Unused Embryos on Facebook Has a Strict List of Rules

A few years ago, a 45-year-old woman from Tennessee spent thousands of dollars on IVF treatments -- that worked like magic. Angel Watts gave birth to two sets of twins that are about two years apart from one another. But she now has six unused embryos left over from her prodecures and is doing an amazing thing by donating them for adoption. There's just one catch: Watts has a list of rules a mile long for the parents-to-be.


Watts and her husband, Jeff Watts, who are parents to 3-year-old twins Alexander and Shelby and 16-month-old twins Angelina and Charles, posted about their embryo donation on Facebook in December, vowing to provide the same joy to other parents that they felt after struggling to conceive for seven years.

They placed their healthy embryos with the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville two years ago and waited. And waited. You'd think thousands of parents would flock to the center with great interest, but here's stipulation #1: potential parents must agree to take ALL SIX embryos because Watts doesn't want the siblings separated.

That's quite a commitment for most families and it's easy to see why that might stop couples dead in their tracks.

Here are some other conditions potential parents must meet:

They must agree to not wait too long in between implantations so that there isn't a large age gap between siblings.

They should be around 35 years of age or younger.

They should be married for several years and have strong Christian backgrounds.

They shouldn't already have children.

They should be from Tennessee.

They should be open to communicating with the Watts family so that their offspring can meet and have a relationship with the Watts' children -- and at least meet up every year or every few years.

They should be financially able to handle raising six children -- honestly, Amen to that.

These are Watts' embryos and she is within her right to request that parents meet conditions she deems important -- but, of course, an argument can obviously be made that there are a great many parents struggling to conceive who can't place a check beside each of these categories, yet would still provide a loving home for a child.

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At the end of the day, Watts is providing a wonderful gift to some lucky couple out there. Hoping it works out for them and that they find a suitable match sooner rather than later.

Do you think it's fair for this couple to include a list of rules for parents interested in adopting their frozen embryos?


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