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Women demand use of embryos without former partners' consent

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7365.617/b (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:617
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Two women who hope to become pregnant through in vitro fertilisation treatment launched an unprecedented action at the High Court in London last week to try to save their frozen embryos from destruction.

    The women, whose former partners asked for the embryos to be destroyed after their relationships ended, are challenging the law which says that both partners must consent to the use of an embryo.

    Lawyers for Natallie Evans, aged 30, and Lorraine Hadley, aged 37, lodged papers at the High Court last week. Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, president …

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