Arizona passes law protecting frozen embryos when parents divorce and disagree over their fate

By Dave Andrusko On July 1, a new law went into effect in Arizona which in cases of divorce and subsequent disputes over frozen embryos will give custody to the parent who would “allow the in vitro embryos to develop to birth,” the Arizona Republic reported. According to reporter Kaila White The bill …would override …

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Family seeks wrongful death lawsuit after loss of frozen embryos

Approximately 4,000 eggs and embryos have been destroyed in the malfunction. The case raises ethical questions around IVF Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post written by SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. A couple whose frozen embryos were destroyed in a storage tank malfunction could seek action for wrongful death–if a …

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Woman asks Missouri Court of Appeals for custody of frozen embryos

By Dave Andrusko As is always the case, the details are different but the legal question remains the same: what happens to frozen embryos when a couple splits and there is a fight over the embryos’ future. Prior to their divorce in 2014, immigration lawyer Jalesia McQueen and Justin Gadberry had two twin boys through …

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San Francisco judge rules divorced couple’s frozen embryos must be “thawed and discarded”

By Dave Andrusko San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo ruled Wednesday that Mimi C. Lee must adhere to an agreement she’d made with her ex-husband to destroy five frozen embryos if the couple divorced. The couple separated in 2013 and divorced in 2015. In an 83-page ruling, Massaullo wrote, “It is a disturbing consequence …

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Once again, life imitates art in Hollywood

The highest-paid actress in US television is embroiled in a dispute over embryos By Michael Cook The technical term for Hollywood’s latest bioethical brain-teaser is anti-mimesis, Oscar Wilde’s theory that life imitates art. Sophia Vergara, highest-paid TV actress in the United States, who stars in Modern Family, a popular TV show which depicts the kaleidoscopic …

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Dear Abby highlights solution to “Deadlock” over frozen embryos

By Paul Stark In yesterday’s “Dear Abby” column, “Deadlocked in New Jersey” asks for advice about the fate of her frozen human embryos. She and her husband used in vitro fertilization and gave birth to two children, and two “excess” frozen embryos remain. Her husband does not believe they can financially accommodate any more children, …

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