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Embryo row woman admits defeat
Lorraine Hadley (left) and Natallie Evans
Lorraine Hadley (left) with Natallie Evans at the High Court
A woman has finally admitted defeat in her long-running battle to save her frozen embryos.

Lorraine Hadley was one of two women who lost a High Court battle to use frozen embryos against the wishes of their former partners earlier this month.

Ms Hadley, 38, who has a 17-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, was told she had 28 days to launch an appeal against the decision which found in favour of her ex-husband Wayne.

However, speaking on Friday to BBC Midlands Today Ms Hadley admitted that her fight was now over after legal aid was withdrawn.

She said: "The doctors are playing God really.

"It's like, 'OK, we've made a life and we can throw it away as it doesn't matter'.

"They forget the emotional ties people have got to them.

"You got through the whole process and you do associate them with babies and not just DNA.

"The fact that I've now lost them is an awful thing to go through."

Defrosted and destroyed

Ms Hadley said she understands that her two frozen embryos will be defrosted and destroyed with chemicals some time next week.

They were created using her eggs and her ex-husband's sperm.

Ms Hadley, from Baswich, Staffordshire, fought her High Court battle with Natallie Evans, 31, of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, who also wanted to use embryos created while she was with her ex-partner.

It was just to give that life that was started a chance. That's all I was asking for.
Lorraine Hadley
It is not yet known whether Ms Evans will appeal against the High Court decision.

The women had challenged the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act which states that both parties must consent to the storage and use of embryos at every stage of the IVF process.

'Give them a chance'

The women had argued that if they had fallen pregnant naturally, and then split up with their partners, the men would have had no say over whether or not they could have their babies.

Ms Hadley said she doubted her partner would change his mind and halt the destruction of the embryos.

She said: "It's not that I'm so desperate that I will go and get a sperm donor which is one of the suggestions put to me.

"It was just to give that life that was started a chance. That's all I was asking for.

"The odds were down to like 10% of it being successful if they survived the defrost but at least I would have known I had done everything in my power to give them a chance."

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