Speakeasy forum

General discussion

One case where I'm with the pro-life folks...

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / September 15, 2006 3:51 AM PDT
Custody battle over an egg: Divorced Couple's Fight Over Embryos Could be Headed for Texas Supreme Court.

>> When Randy and Augusta Roman got married nine years ago, they could not have foreseen the tremendous challenges they would face trying to create a family.

After numerous failed pregnancies, miscarriages and various fertility treatments, in vitro fertilization became their last hope for a child together, but then, the night before the embryo transfer was to be performed, Randy Roman asked for a divorce....

Divvying up the house, the 32-inch Sony TV and the furniture was not much of a challenge for either party. The point of disagreement between the two was the fate of their shared embryos.

Augusta wanted custody of the embryos in order to carry one to term. Randy, who no longer wanted to be a father, wanted the embryos to be destroyed. <<

Unfortunately, the precedent seems to be that in such cases the ex-spouse who does not wish to be a parent is given precedence. I'd think that as long as the woman signed papers forgoing her right to file for child support, the preference should be for life over destruction.

-- Dave K, Speakeasy Moderator
click here to email semods4@yahoo.com

The opinions expressed above are my own,
and do not necessarily reflect those of CNET!
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: One case where I'm with the pro-life folks...
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: One case where I'm with the pro-life folks...
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Pro-life? Sounds like property & support case to me.
by Evie / September 15, 2006 4:11 AM PDT

Did you just admit that you are generally NOT pro-life? WOW!

Collapse -
Actually, no ... BUT ...
by Bill Osler / September 15, 2006 9:13 AM PDT

I think he did just admit that the embryo is alive in at least some sense.

That is some progress, IMO.

Collapse -
by Evie / September 15, 2006 9:16 AM PDT

On the topic, as cases like this come to the fore, it points out ever more the foolhardiness of creating "excess embryos" for future implantation.

In a culture where marriage is not a prerequisite for having children, I would say that a man knowingly donating the sperm to create a life has whatever responsibility for that life is placed upon every other man doing the same.

Evie Happy

Collapse -
(NT) (NT) Agreed
by caktus / September 15, 2006 10:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Yep!
Collapse -
her signature wont hold up
by Mark5019 / September 15, 2006 4:35 AM PDT

heard about simular case where ex got impregnated and man has to pay

Collapse -
I don't know the status of this case ...
by Evie / September 15, 2006 4:52 AM PDT

... but I recall hearing a while back about a sperm donor being sued successfully for child support. He had merely agreed to donate the sperm rather than the woman getting it from an anonymous donor. I seem to recall it was being appealed. Will look.

Evie Happy

Collapse -
In any case...
by caktus / September 15, 2006 10:13 AM PDT

No child should have to grow up believing he/she is ruining some one's life by having been born. It should be mandated that all such donations be anonymous as is usually the case with organ and tissue donning. And no person should impose such a burden on a child.

Collapse -
As long as there is the threat of child support,
by dirtyrich / September 15, 2006 6:21 AM PDT

and right now I know of no established method to take that option off the table through contractual means, implantation should require both parents' consent.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!