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The frozen embryo story

Do you think it is right that this woman was refused the right to implant her frozen embryo, because its father has changed his mind since (artificial) conception? I think it's a very difficult question, and I think the man ought to be kind to his discarded girlfriend, even though he doesn't love her any more. I wish he would change his mind. I think it was very irresponsible of him to make so much effort to fertilise her egg, and then renege. The poor woman can never have children now.

Having said that, I think the law was probably right. Refusing to consent to implantation is not like him forcing an abortion on her - there is no interference with her body. And I think any child born is due support from both parents. We must do everything we can to reduce the number of babies that are born uncared for. This mother might say 'I will never make demands on him for help or money' and she might mean it, but can a woman say this for her child? What if she dies or becomes ill? If a child is born it must be cared for, there can be no half measures.

So, reluctantly, I say that as there is no bodily integrity issue, it is better not to create an unwanted child. Though I wish the ex-boyfriend would show a bit of compassion for the poor woman.

A feminist blog that I respect a lot takes an alternative view here.
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