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Woman loses final round of battle to use her frozen embryos

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39188.593449.DB (Published 19 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:818
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A British woman who waged a five year legal battle for the right to try to conceive using her own frozen embryos reached the end of the road this week when the 17-judge grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled against her by 13-4.

    Natallie Evans took her case through the UK courts and on to Strasbourg after her former partner, Howard Johnston, refused to consent to her implantation with embryos created from his sperm and her eggs.

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, which governs in vitro fertilisation treatment, states that both partners must consent to the …

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