Missouri House passes guidelines on embryo custody battles
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Guidelines on how courts should handle custody battles over embryos are moving through the Missouri Legislature.
The House approved a proposal Monday that says judges must consider what would give an embryo the best chance of developing when settling a custody dispute between egg and sperm donors.
Courts could not allow embryos to be terminated or unused in disputes, but a donor would be allowed to give up their parental rights and obligations.
The measure was spurred by a St. Louis woman in a legal dispute with her ex-husband over access to two embryos.
Rep. John McCaherty, a High Ridge Republican, said courts have left embryos frozen rather than granting custody to a donor.
The measure now goes to the Senate.