The Rights of Embryos and the Dead

"As scientific advances have made frozen embryos common, they have brought new complications to divorces. Most courts have treated embryos as marital property, often favoring the party that plans not to use the embryos, emphasizing a right not to be forced to procreate. Some have applied contract law, decided which half of the couple more deserved the embryos, or required mutual consent.

But anti-abortion groups argue that such cases should be decided according to the best interests of the embryos, the same legal standard used in child-custody disputes."

- Tamar Lewinjan, Anti-Abortion Groups Join Battles Over Frozen Embryos, NYT, Jan. 19, 2016

Rather, he said, “there was a rush to judgment: The church, feeling it should be both supportive of the complainant and transparent in its dealings, failed to engage in a process which would also give proper consideration to the rights of the bishop. Such rights should not be treated as having been extinguished on death.”
- ALAN COWELL, Church of England Unfair to Dead Bishop, Abuse Inquiry Finds, NYT, DEC. 15, 2017

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