In what may be the first case of its kind in the country, a Missouri Court reached a decision in a dispute between a former husband and wife over whether or not the woman has the right to have their two frozen embryos implanted and brought to term.
The couple have two sons via in vitro fertilization and are arguing about what to do with two remaining frozen embryos.
The woman wants more children, but her ex-husband doesn’t. The woman’s attorney argued that the embryos are people not property. But in a 2-1 decision, the court ruled the embryos are marital property and cannot be used unless both parties sign a written agreement.
An appeal of the decision is expected.