Originally Posted by RedShirtWalking
Embryos can be frozen now between conception and 8 weeks for a period of up to ten years.
And as it works right now, if anything happens to either/both parents, then it is left to any remaining family members, what to do with the embryo...but it seem to me, for future purposes, that for people in High risk occupations, this would almost become a requirement...so the a widow, or widower, could then arrange for the birth when able to take care of the baby. Say the Mother was halfway through pregnancy, and something happened...if you could freeze the fetus, even temporarily,(or keep it in stasis) then re-implant later, back to the mother, or if necessary, to a willing host-mother, that would seem to be an acceptable option, versus letting the baby die. right now, the ethical questions are still hot topics...but I think that in the future, it would be seen as a last resort option, and most people would be responsible enough to take their contraceptives, until they wanted children...especially if on a ship, since most ships are not designed to have children on board, even getting pregnant while on board would mean automatic transfer off-ship to a planet based posting, and bye-bye Starfleet Career.