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Alabama Supreme Court rules that embryos inside or outside the womb are indeed children. So, what does that mean for IVF?

Alabama Supreme Court rules that embryos inside or outside the womb are indeed children. So, what does that mean for IVF?

The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen embryos are children entitled to human rights under state law, which has many implications for in vitro fertilization.

The case emerged from an incident in 2020 in which embryos from three couples were destroyed when an unauthorized person gained access to the embryos stored by the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Mobile, Alabama.

The couples filed a lawsuit in a lower court, which found that Alabama’s Wrongful Death of a Minor Act didn’t apply to them. The couples then appealed to the State Supreme Court, which then ruled 8:1 that unborn children are children, without exception.

Allie Beth Stuckey believes the ruling makes perfect sense.

“There hasn’t been a whole lot of consideration of how the life is created, if it’s moral, if it’s ethical to use in vitro fertilization,” Stuckey says, noting that putting embryos on ice as people who believe that life begins at conception is a little odd.

Frozen embryos are often left in a freezer, sometimes indefinitely, and they are also often discarded due to changed minds or divorce.

Stuckey notes that there’s almost a eugenics process that goes into IVF.

“The scientists, the doctors, can test these embryos to see if they have any kind of genetic disorder or some kind of special need,” she says, adding, “Then parents can make the decision based on those findings, which embryos they want to kill, discard.”

“My basic take is that’s no way to treat a child,” Stuckey continues.

Celebrities like Paris Hilton have claimed to have around twenty embryos on ice, which will not all be implanted.

“So, as you can probably imagine, I support the reasoning in this Alabama Supreme Court ruling that said these un-implanted embryos qualify as human children, and so, they have rights like human children,” Stuckey explains.

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