It's new science vs. old science in embryo custody case

Thursday, September 7, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

petri dish stem cell researchThe Colorado Supreme Court is set to determine whether human life can be considered property and destroyed.

During her marriage to Drake Rooks, Mandy Rooks birthed a son and a set of twins through in vitro fertilization. The couple later divorced, and a battle ensued between the two parents over six cryopreserved embryos.

Attorney Rita Gitchell, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, tells OneNewsNow that previous court decisions surrounding cryopreserved embryos were mixed due to a lack of science, but that is no longer the case.

"Today, the topic is easily researched," remarks Gitchell. "People can see films and watch human embryonic development."

The attorney also explains that current science, viewable via video, shows that each embryo is a human organism, growing in a developmental sequence to reveal the body plan. And after birth, the child continues that growth plan into adulthood.

Gitchell even cites examples of attorney briefs that argued solely on the basis of old science. One of the briefs stated: "First, we must have placenta and cord, and it's only later, about the time the embryo embeds in the uterus, that you really have the embryo starting to form."

"That's just not scientific fact, and it's not true," declares Gitchell, "but the problem is law moves really slowly, behind society."

Consequently, the Thomas More Society has submitted an amicus brief to present the true science to the court – that a fertilized egg is a human being.

As a result, the court will be better equipped to determine whether the mother has the right to use the embryos for future in vitro fertilization, and whether the ex-husband has the right to refuse to procreate and to destroy the embryos.

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