Wednesday, March 08, 2006
I wonder how this would play out in the U.S.
From the London Times:Woman denied use of embryos without her partner's consent “We knew what we were doing. It's not too late for him to change his mind."
A woman who yesterday lost a court battle to use her frozen embryos to have a baby has made an emotional appeal for help to the one person on earth who can enable her to become a mother — her estranged former fiancé.
Natallie Evans, who was left infertile after cancer treatment, said that she was devastated that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had ruled that she cannot use embryos created in 2001 with Howard Johnston, then her fiancé, because he had since withdrawn his consent.
With time running out before the storage period of the six embryos expires in October, Ms Evans, 34, urged Mr Johnston to change his mind, emphasising that the embryos are her last chance of having a natural child of her own.
It seems to me that consent when the embryos were concieved is consent to be a parent. Interesting that because conception occurred outside of the womb, this man can now decide not to be a father.