Oregon Court Rules Frozen Embryos Can Be Destroyed

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Portland, Ore. (AP) The Oregon Court of Appeals has ordered six frozen embryos destroyed after ruling they can be treated as personal property in a divorce.

Dr. Laura Dahl, a pediatrician, and her former husband, Dr. Darrell Angle, an orthodontist, had attempted to conceive through in vitro fertilization.

After several failed attempts, the couple gave up and left the embryos with the Oregon Health and Science University under an agreement that spelled out how they would be stored.

Dahl decided to have the embryos destroyed, but angle had argued they should be donated to other couples trying to conceive.

In a unanimous decision yesterday the court said there's a contractual right to determine the fate of the embryos as personal property.

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