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Custody battle or contract dispute?


Custody battle or contract dispute?

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Randy and Augusta Roman planned on starting a family. Like many other couples, they turned to in vitro fertilization.

In 2002, three frozen embryos were fertilized. But on the night before the embryos were to be implanted, Randy had second thoughts, telling Augusta he did not want HER to go through the procedure.

Their marriage began to crumble. And in December, 2002 they divorced.

But who has control over the frozen embryos?

Randy wanted them destroyed. Augusta hoped to use them to have children. Their difference of opinion led to lawsuits.

A Texas trial court ruled in favor of Augusta. The court viewed the frozen embryos as community property and that awarding them to Augusta was "just and right."

But an appellate court reversed the decision, finding that Randy and Augusta signed an agreement with the reproductive center that said the embryos would be discarded in the event of divorce.

Now, after the Texas Supreme Court declined to hear the case, Augusta is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will take the case and rule in her favor.

Should a frozen embryo be considered community property, part of a contract, or a life?


My Thoughts

This is your typical science vs. morality question. To answer this question, it's all three. Why?
1. Community property: No matter what we say, we're still part of a community. We are owned by the government running our community. Though we own the life we have, we are still owned, protected and punished by the community. Those embryos are considered community property because they were brought into society by a married couple.
2. Part of a contract: Marriage contract, divorce contract... yes, those embryos are still part of a contract. According to my understanding, Augusta wanted to have kids and so she went and married Randy. They thought about vitro fertilization and signed a few papers. In the end Randy backed out of the whole idea and the couple divorced. It was all because of those embryos.
3. A life: Technically yes, they are alive. Their cells are working on the building up of a human being. Those embryos are alive, even if they are community property and part of a contract. They have the right to live.

The battle between morality and scientific advancement will never stop, and this one adds more to the battle.
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