Missouri House passes guidelines on embryo custody battles

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Monday, May 09 2016 May 9, 2016 Monday, May 09, 2016 7:38:04 PM CDT May 09, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.

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