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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.

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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!

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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.

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Yep!
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

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(NT) (NT) Agreed
by caktus / September 15, 2006 10:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Yep!
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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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