frozen embryo ownership

Embryo Ownership Dilemmas

Having a baby is a life-altering, incredible process that carries with it challenges and the need to reevaluate almost every aspect of your life. Yet, very often, the dream of having children is shrouded with infertility struggles that make these challenges seem insignificant. With advancements in reproductive technology, more couples than ever are turning to artificially assisted conception procedures.

Though costly and physically, not to mention emotionally straining, IVF sometimes means the last opportunity for a genetically connected child. If successful, IVF can make infertile couples’ dreams come true. Yet, if the couple decides to separate or one of the future parents passes away, complicated legal issues may arise concerning the frozen embryo ownership.

The Moral Issue

Since there are no regulated laws concerning the rights to frozen tissue, many serious problems emerge if one party wants to use the embryos made with a former partner who no longer wishes to parent a child. The issue of what is more important, the chance to have a biological child of your own or maintaining the rights of someone who has changed their mind, is a baffling philosophical question. Moral dilemmas can be even greater when trying to assess the wishes of an IVF partner, no longer living.

As there are no simple solutions, the best option is a legally binding contract concerning all future events. Seeking the best advice available is central in avoiding future disputes. That is also the case in the safekeeping and transporting of the embryos. Finding the correct storage and understanding the importance of proper maintenance is crucial to preserving the embryos. Babysteps Biomed Couriers provides advice, as well as the best transport service, for reproductive specimen. Contact us here, and let us lead you in an easier path on the road to parenthood.


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