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UK woman loses appeal to use frozen embryos

[JURIST] A British woman lost an appeal Friday in a British Court of Appeal to use her frozen embryos to have a baby over objections of her ex-partner. Natallie Evans has been battling to use the embryos she created with her former partner Howard Johnston in 2001 since she was left infertile following cancer treatment. Johnston, who had originally agreed to create the embryos, has since refused to give permission to their use after the two split. Under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, consent must be given from both prospective parents for in vitro fertilization to be allowed. Lord Justice Thorpe dismissed the appeal, but he did not order the embryos to be destroyed to allow Evans an opportunity to appeal the case to the House of Lords. The UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has a press release on the ruling. The Guardian has more.

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