Catholic Fights to Save Life of Frozen Embryonic Children
CAMDEN, New Jersey, Mar. 2, 01 (CWNews.com/LSN.ca) - On
Monday the Supreme Court of New Jersey heard arguments in
the case of a Catholic man seeking to protect his frozen
embryonic children from death.
The parents of the embryos divorced in 1998 after having
used in-vitro fertilization to create 11 embryos in 1995.
The ex-husband is arguing that there was an agreement
before they underwent in-vitro fertilization that the
unborn children created would not be destroyed. He is now
asking that the remaining seven frozen embryos be allowed
to be used by a potential future spouse or donated to an
infertile couple. However, the ex-wife wants the embryos
destroyed saying that otherwise she will "become a parent
against her wishes."
The state appeals court had ruled previously in favor of
the woman on the case but the Supreme Court ordered that
the embryos should not be killed pending appeal. The Newark
Star-Ledger reports that Supreme Court decisions in
Tennessee and Massachusetts and New York have ruled that
embryos cannot be used by one parent over the objections of
another. In Tennessee and Massachusetts the courts ruled the
embryos should be destroyed and in New York they ruled that
the fertility clinic could use the embryos for research.
March 4, 2001
volume 12, no. 63
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