Missouri appeals court rules frozen pre-embryos are marital property

"The court ruled in favor of Gadberry, affirming the trial court's decision that '[Gadberry's] and [McQueen's] fundamental constitutional rights to privacy and equal protection under the 14th Amendment . . . will be violated if either is forced to procreate against his or her wishes.' . . . . no action can be taken without both parties consenting in writing." Jurist

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Bert Perry's picture

....did they cite Dred Scott as precedent?

(sorry, couldn't resist)

What a tangled web we weave....

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Aaron Blumer's picture


A feature of our culture is that we tend to view technology as neutral and "just there" to be used well or used badly. At best, that badly oversimplifies the situation. Technologies change how we behave and think... and lead to situations where we have to wrestled with new ethical dilemmas.

And sometimes we don't know what we've set ourselves up for until after it's too late to go back.

Certainly there's an upside to these reproductive technologies. But what should we learn about tech that is still in the lab or on the chalk boards of clever innovators?

Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me.