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New Arizona Frozen Embryo Law is a Big Win for Pro-Lifers

Will Maule : Jul 19, 2018 :

Judges have been ruling in many different directions on cases of embryonic custody, and thus many believe that the issue will go all the way to the Supreme Court in order to determine judicial clarity.

[] A newly introduced law in Arizona will ensure that any frozen embryos which are being fought over as part of a divorce settlement must go to the parent that intends to help them "develop to birth." This is against the trend of many state laws that regularly allow the mass destruction of embryos when it comes to contestation in divorce cases. (Photo: via Embryo Adoption)

"Most people believe that frozen embryos should have a chance at life," state Sen. Nancy Barto, a Phoenix Republican, said when introducing Senate Bill 1393. Many believe that the legislation could dramatically rekindle the ethical debate over when life truly begins. Already, many conservatives believe that human embryos are far more than mere tissue that can be destroyed at their owner's wishes. Indeed, a vast number of evangelical Christians assert that human embryos are, in fact, little lives that should be endowed with the same inalienable human rights that we all enjoy.

The pro-life, non-profit law firm The Thomas More Society is urging judges to consider embryos as "children" and is lobbying courts to make decisions based on the best interest of these living beings. The society argues that those who create embryos for future IVF treatment "voluntarily exercise procreational rights" and that the resulting embryos "cannot be legally terminated at the whim of others"...

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