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article imageFrozen Embryos Ordered Destroyed By Court

By Debra Myers     Oct 9, 2008 in Health
Six frozen embryos have been ordered destroyed by the Oregon Court of Appeals Wednesday after being ruled there is a contractual right to determine the fate of these embryos, since they can be treated as personal property in the case of divorce.
Portland - The couple, Dr. Laura Dahl, a pediatrician, and her former husband, Dr. Darrell Angle, an orthodontist, had chosen to try conceiving through in vitro fertilization. The Associated Press tells that after several attempts that resulted in failure, the couple gave up.
They left the embryos at the Oregon Health and Science University, where they were frozen and stored.
During the divorce, Dahl decided to she wanted the embryos destroyed, but her ex-husband said that they could be donated to other couples who were trying to conceive. However, Dahl opposed her ex-husband's suggestion, stating that she did not want anybody else to raise her child.
This is not the first time that this issue has come to light, in 1998, after another couple disagreed to the fate of the frozen embryos during their divorce in New York.
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