Human Rights

Texas Supreme Court considers case asking for personhood for frozen embryos

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The Texas Supreme Court is considering whether or not to take up the case of Caroline Antoun who is seeking personhood for her frozen embryos. The embryos are currently the property of Antoun’s ex-husband, Gaby Antoun, as the IVF contract had stated he would get custody in the event of a divorce. Antoun, however, is asking that the embryos be considered persons and placed in her custody.

The former couple had welcomed twins through IVF and kept three remaining embryos frozen. Antoun said she did not fully understand the gravity of the contract she had signed regarding embryo custody and had hoped that the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade just five days before their divorce trial began would impact the judge’s decision and allow her to keep the embryos. She argues that Texas’ pro-life law protecting most children from abortion beginning at fertilization also protects frozen embryos. However, the end of Roe v. Wade did not change laws regarding frozen embryos or the IVF process — even in pro-life states such as Texas — and a judge ruled the embryos to be the property of her ex-husband.

Gaby Antoun’s attorney, Patrick Wright, however, argued that the case isn’t about abortion. “This is a family issue,” he said, “and if — and it’s a big if — the courts are getting involved, they’d be doing essentially the thing that has been complained about for years, which is adding something that’s not there.”

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In Alabama, the state Supreme Court recently determined that frozen embryos qualify as children under the state’s Wrongful Death of a Minor Act, allowing parents in the state to file a lawsuit if their embryos are destroyed accidentally or without their consent. Some fertility clinics in the state halted IVF procedures as a result, though the ruling did not prohibit IVF, and only allowed parents to sue for damages should their embryos be wrongfully destroyed.

In reality, the destruction of any human embryo is wrong and unethical. From the moment of fertilization, every human life deserves to be protected and defended.

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