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The father. The mother.
Debate Score:6
Total Votes:6
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 The father. (5)
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Who should determine the fate of frozen embryos in a divorce?


Now that reproductive technology allows couples to make and freeze embryos outside the body for later use, courts across the country are beginning to sort out how to deal with the embryos when a couple is divorcing.

The father.

Side Score: 5

The mother.

Side Score: 1
1 point

Mothers already have too much power. If the mother wants the baby and the father does not, too bad. She gets to have the baby and force the father to pay 18 years of child support. If the father wants the baby and the mother does not, too bad. She cannot be forced to carry the baby for 9 months.

It's time for fathers to have some control and say over their money, sperm and progeny.

Side: The father.
1 point

So, is this a different stance from 76 days ago?

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Side: The father.
1 point

Nope. Same stance. The fetus cannot be taken to term without the other person's consent.

Side: The father.
1 point


Are he talking fertilized embryos, or just plain eggs.

Side: The father.
1 point

Fertilized and frozen for implanting at a later date.

I believe many of these children turn out to be Eskimos.

Side: The father.
daver(1771) Clarified
1 point

That's probably the result of the Eskimo black market, recently in the news for selling baby back ribs our something like that.

Side: The father.
1 point

Neither. Many contracts include a clause that destroys the embryos upon divorce.

If there is no such clause then one of the plaintiffs must show some exceptional reason. If the court/arbitrator/whatever deems it exceptional, that plaintiff will receive the embryos.

For example, if the man or woman freezes the embryos in preparation for a medical procedure that will cause infertility, then they will usually gain ownership.

Side: The mother.