Embryos 'are children'
A JUDGE in Tennessee in the US ruled last week that seven frozen embryos belong to their biological mother, not the father. The court case is the first custody battle in the US involving eggs fertilised outside the womb. The case arose after the sperm donor, Junior Davis, divorced Mary Sue Davis, who had provided the eggs for in vitro fertilisation. They were fertilised before the marriage dissolved. The ‘father’ did not want the eggs to be implanted, while the mother did. The eggs have been stored at a fertility clinic while the couple resolve the dispute in court. Judge W. Dale Young ruled that life begins at conception, and that the embryos were not property but children,