Whose Lives Are These?

A judge sets a pro-life precedent for frozen embryos

The dilemma might have stumped even King Solomon: what to do with seven fertilized eggs of a divorcing Tennessee couple that are frozen at an in-vitro fertilization clinic in Knoxville. Mary Sue Davis, 29, is unable to conceive by natural means and wants custody of her "pre-born children" for future implantation. Junior Davis, 31, claims he is being "raped of my reproductive rights" by his estranged wife and insists on having a joint say on the future of the embryos. "I do not want a child of mine in a single-parent situation," he argued.

Last week in Maryville, Tennessee Circuit Court...

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