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French court orders destruction of frozen embryos

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 21 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1319
  1. A Dorozynski

    A widow's request for two embryos conceived before the death of her husband has been refused by the Toulouse Court of Appeal in France. The court ordered that the embryos be destroyed, but the woman has another two months in which to lodge an appeal with the country's highest court of appeal. Until then the embryos cannot be destroyed. The case highlights the conflict surrounding the fate of thousands of “supernumerary” embryos kept frozen in French hospitals and fertility clinics.

    The widow, now 39 years old, became pregnant in 1990 after …

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