Friday, February 28, 2014

Toddler to 'Own' 11 Future Children: An IVF Wonder

Through actions of a Dallas probate court, a two-year-old boy, whose parents were recently murdered, will inherit the frozen embryos that resulted from in-vitro fertilization procedures of his parents.  Once the toddler turns 18, he could thaw his siblings and arrange for their incubation in a woman of his choosing -- and perhaps adopt his brothers and sisters?  Of course, after age 18, he may simply choose to kill his embryonic siblings.
“When we treat human embryos, who should have all the rights of a human person, as property that can be inherited by a two-year-old, that puts us all at risk because human life has become a commodity.”
-- Dr. Marie Hilliard, The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia
For background, read Frozen Embryo Custody Lawsuit to Set Precedent

In addition, read
Donor Eggs & IVF 'Creates' Life, Causes More Death and also read Court OKs Obama Killing Embryos with Tax Dollars as well as Obama's FDA: Why not Three Biological Parents?

-- From "Two year Old Boy to Inherit 11 Frozen Embryos" by John A. Robertson, Law School, University of Texas at Austin, posted at Harvard Law Petrie-Flom Center 2/23/14

. . . A key point [of law] is that there are no Texas or United States cases involving inheritance of frozen embryos when both parties have died and left no instructions with the clinic or in a will. . . .

Without a contesting party who provided gametes, the main question under Texas law is whether the embryos were “property” that would pass under the intestacy statute.  Noting that no Texas court had held them to be “property,” the Master [in Chancery appointed by the Probate Court] also found that no Texas court had found them to be worthless. Since they can be the subject of an enforcible contract, the Master concluded that they have an implicit value under Texas law.  She recommended that if the probate court does not affirmatively rule that the embryos are property, it should follow the Davis v Davis decision that they have a quasi-property status “in the nature of an ownership interest” that is subject to probate orders for settlement or distribution of an estate.

It is refreshing to see a direct grappling with the charged term “property” for embryos.  The widespread reluctance to describe dispositional control of embryos as “property” arises from the fear that if so designated they would have no special status and could be treated like any object or thing. . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Court Master: Two-Year-Old Orphan Should Inherit 11 Frozen Siblings" by Barbara Hollingsworth, 2/25/14

The child’s parents, 40-year-old Yenenesh Abayneh Desta and his wife, 31-year-old Lemma Yayehyirad, who owned a popular Ethiopian restaurant in North Dallas, were gunned down on the front steps of their home in August 2012. . . .

“They wouldn’t be doing this if we had good and accurate laws to fall back on,” Jennifer Kimball Watson, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Culture of Life Foundation who specializes in eugenics in artificial reproductive technologies, told

By giving the frozen embryos to their two-year-old brother, Kimball Watson added, “the obvious attempt is not to gestate them, which leads one to believe that what the court is doing is awarding them as a form of property inheritance of the two-year-old.

Kimball Watson added that invitro fertilization (IVF) clinics “have no regard for the lives they bring into being.  They just want to make money on someone’s infertility….We would not have these problems with fetal farms and embryonic stem cell research were it not for the practice of IVF.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Everyone Pays for 'Gay Fertility' Treatments in California