An embryos court battle has ensued in Illinois after a former couple took their fight over their frozen embryos to a judge. On Sept. 23, MSN News reported that Karla Dunston and her boyfriend of five months, Jacob Szafranski, agreed to freeze embryos after Dunston was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 39. Since chemo would spring her into early menopause, she wanted to be proactive in hopes of one day having biological children of her own.
Perhaps what Dunston didn't plan for was a break-up. Now, the couple is left with some serious decisions and since they can't agree, they are pleading their respective cases in court.
The embryos court battle could favor either Dunston or Szafranski depending on what the judge feels is fair. The main argument here for Dunston is that she wants to be able to have a biological baby of her own (and apparently she didn't think to freeze any of her eggs along with the embryos). For her ex, he's not sure he even wants to be a parent, never mind know that there is a kid out there that belongs to him.
"In a case before the Illinois Supreme Court, the Elgin man argues that he never agreed to give up a say in whether he becomes a parent, that forced procreation would violate his constitutional rights. His ex-girlfriend insists that she has the right to have her biological child, and she should control the destiny of the embryos," MSN News reports.
Will the embryos court battle outcome favor Dunston or Szafranski?
© Effie Orfanides 2013