On April 17, Aaron Halbert and his wife gave birth to black triplet girls via adopted embryos. What makes this story unique is that the Halberts are white evangelicals. The natural question that some may ask at this point is “why choose black embryos”?
Well, in a recent Washington Post article, Aaron shares the reason behind their decision, which begins with their two older children.
Since they started dating, the Halberts were convicted to partake in adoption because of their faith. Several years into their marriage, they began the adoption process with race as a key component:
“Knowing that it is often more challenging to find adoptive homes in the United States for non-Caucasian children we informed the agency that we were willing to accept any child except a fully Caucasian child. We did this with the deeply held conviction that if the Lord wanted us to have a fully Caucasian child my wife would conceive naturally.”
With that, the Halberts came to adopt their 3‑year-old black son and 2‑year-old biracial daughter, both as infants.
When another couple broached the idea of embryo adoption, the Halberts considered expanding their family:
“We were deeply moved by the idea of adding more children to our family by rescuing these tiny lives created from in-vitro fertilization, and intrigued by the thought of Rachel getting to experience pregnancy.”
“We live in a world with hundreds of thousands of embryos frozen in the United States alone. Most who aren’t selected by their biological parents are donated to science or destroyed or kept frozen. If Christians – or others – really believe life begins at conception, it follows that we should respond by being willing to support embryo adoption and even take part in it ourselves.”
From there, the Halberts visited the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) but having non-black embryos was not an option.
“We wanted additional siblings to feel connected to our first two children racially, and asked the team at the NEDC if we could be matched with African-American embryos. They agreed with our thoughts about our kids matching each other racially and were supportive of the decision to select African American embryos.”
While some support the Halberts in their decision to adopt black embryos, others question the couple’s true intentions. Particularly since, given in vitro’s expense, the embryos they are implanting are likely from well-off black couples, whereas the adoption and foster systems are full of birthed poor black children.
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