Conflicted Custody

The Supreme Court affirms reproductive rights -- for men

TO MOST WOMEN'S RIGHTS ADVOCATES, THE DEBATE over abortion is about a woman's right to control her reproduction. But who decides in the case of an embryo conceived outside her body? In a groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court affirmed a lower-court ruling that gives a man the right not to become a father against his wishes. Like thousands of young couples unable to conceive a child naturally, Junior and Mary Sue Davis had turned to test-tube fertilization. But when the couple divorced and couldn't agree who should control seven fertilized embryos they had frozen and stored in a Tennessee clinic, the...

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