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Judge to decide fate of embryos at centre of court battle

Published 15/11/2006

A High Court judge will hand down his ruling today in the landmark case which will determine the fate of three frozen embryos.

A 41-year-old mother-of-two is seeking an order to prevent the destruction of the embryos as her estranged husband is vehemently opposed to them being returned to her so she can get pregnant again.

Her legal team have argued that protection for the unborn extends to the surplus embryos which lie frozen in a Dublin fertility clinic.

However, her estranged husband's lawyers refute this and have urged Mr Justice Brian McGovern not to make a finding on the issue of when life begins.

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