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A Houston couple, Augusta and Randy Roman, who are currently going through a divorce, take their dispute over the embryos they froze to court.
The Romans met in 1996 and married 6 months later, agreeing to wait two years before having children.
However, after Augusta, 45, was told she would be unable to have children, the couple agreed to have embryo’s frozen at a fertility clinic in Texas.
A Turn for the Worse
The night before Augusta was to have the eggs implanted Randy told her that she was “hostile to God” and didn’t know that he wanted to have children with her, or continue their marriage.
This somewhat unusual divorce is made worse by the fact that the two are now fighting over the embryos that they both chose freeze.
Randy has requested that the embryos be destroyed or kept frozen, while Augusta wants them to be implanted, pleading that it could be her last chance to have children and that the law telling her to destroy the embryos would be the equivalent of the law telling her to get an abortion.
Roman vs. Roman
In the case, which has been taken to the Texas Supreme Court, the attorney’s are debating between Augusta’s right to have children and Randy’s right to not want children from his estranged wife.
As David Meyer, an expert in institutional and family law explains, in embryo custody battles the court will usually side with the spouse who chooses not to have the child; however, since laws concerning this sort of case are relatively new, these cases are more complex.
Embryo Custody Battles
Only six states in America and the European Court of Human Rights have dealt with embryo custody issues, but with these types of battles becoming more common with divorcing couples, laws are quickly being set into place regarding this somewhat fragile issue.
(Source: Chicago Tribune)
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