Judge’s ruling frozen embryos must be destroyed called ‘tragic case’

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December 7, 2015

A laboratory director inspects the microinjection of sperm into an egg cell using a microscope in 2011 at a vitro fertilization clinic in Leipzig, Germany. A California state judge's ruling that a now-divorced couple's five frozen embryos must be destroyed is an example of doing something that technology allows without considering all aspects, say medical ethicists. (CNS photo/Waltraud Grubitzsch, EPA) See JUDGE-EMBRYOS-ETHICS Dec. 7, 2015.

A laboratory director inspects the microinjection of sperm into an egg cell using a microscope in 2011 at a vitro fertilization clinic in Leipzig, Germany. A California state judge’s ruling that a now-divorced couple’s five frozen embryos must be destroyed is an example of doing something that technology allows without considering all aspects, say medical ethicists. (CNS photo/Waltraud Grubitzsch, EPA)

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (CNS) — A California state judge’s ruling that a now-divorced couple’s five frozen embryos must be destroyed is an example of doing something that technology allows without considering all its aspects, according to medical ethicists.

Christopher White, director of research and education for the California-based Center for Bioethics and Culture, called the dispute a “tragic case” illustrating “the plight of these frozen embryos.”

Estimates of the number of embryos in frozen storage range from “hundreds of thousands” to several million worldwide. White told Catholic News Service he would be comfortable putting the number at 1 million.

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