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Head to head: Embryo court case
Margaret Grant
Margaret Grant says both parties should be consulted
The High Court is set to decide if two women can use their frozen embryos - against their ex-partners' wishes.

BBC News Online hears from two people with opposing views on the issue.


Margaret Grant's ex-partner asked for embryos created during their relationship to be destroyed.

"I went through the change very early on in my 20s, which meant that my ovaries were no longer producing eggs.

"So I was having to get donor eggs in order to have IVF treatment.

"Unfortunately, myself and my ex-husband split up and he wrote to the clinic to destroy the embryos without my knowledge or any input whatsoever.

"I would say that I should have had the right to have been written to and notified to be able to sit down and discuss the future of the embryos.

"I would have wanted the option to fight for the right to keep the embryos.

"When myself and my ex-partner entered into the IVF agreement it was a full partnership.

"Both parties signed an agreement to say we would both receive the treatment and it would be a continuous partnership throughout that process.

"My feeling is that both parties should have rights."

Ian Mackay, of the campaign group Families Need Fathers, believes a potential father's rights must also be respected.

Ian Mackay
Ian Mackay says fathers have rights too
"I know the blessings that children are, and I can understand the anguish of those people who cannot have children.

"But we mustn't lose sight of the importance of the children having a father, or both parents, in their life.

"For the father, or indeed occasionally the mother, to be pushed out of those children's lives has a very traumatic effect on the children. And I think we're thinking about the rights of the mothers to have children and not too much about the rights of the children.

"It's important that fathers, up to the stage at which the embryo is implanted, that there is a possibility to refuse. I think that should be respected, as medically we try to respect the rights of women.

"The rights of men to be a father or not to be a father should be respected as well, because they have responsibilities."


SEE ALSO:
Women lose embryo battle
01 Oct 03  |  Health
Q&A: Frozen embryos court case
30 Sep 03  |  Health


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