ABA Considers Ownership of Frozen Embryos

The American Bar Association is proposing its first-ever policy on the issue of frozen embryos. Concerns over who gets custody of previously frozen embryos after divorce has led to a discussion of policy that would automatically assert ownership to the spouse who favors gestation, and would be willing to assume parental rights and responsibilities.

Pittsburgh lawyer Bruce Wilder commented, “We know this is a sensitive issue, touching on the constitutional right to procreate or decide not to procreate, but when do those rights begin and end?” The spouse who advocates the destruction or continued storage of embryos and does not favor gestation would waive all parental rights and responsibilities.

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AP - February 1, 1998

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