Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

High Court frozen embryos ruling prompts mixed reaction

The High Court's ruling on the fate of three frozen embryos being stored at a Dublin fertility clinic has prompted a mixed reaction from both sides of the debate.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern ruled today that the embryos, which were left over following fertility treatment in 2002, do not have a right to life.

The Pro-Life Campaign has issued a statement saying it is disappointed with the decision.

The statement says the suggestion that an embryo should only enjoy protection when implanted in a woman's womb is arbitrary and ignores the fact that everyone begins life as an embryo.

The PLC says it is confident the Supreme Court will vindicate the rights of the human embryo if the judgement is appealed.

Today's judgement has been welcomed, however, by the Sims Fertility Clinic in Rathgar, which has been storing the embryos at the centre of the case.

Spokesman Dr Tony Walsh says the outcome is great news for patients and for the practice of IVF, which requires the creation and freezing of surplus embryos.

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