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Cancer Patient Loses Embryo Appeal

by Medindia Content Team on March 7, 2006 at 9:56 PM
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Cancer Patient Loses Embryo Appeal

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Natallie Evans, who was left infertile after cancer treatment has lost her appeal to use frozen embryos to have a baby. The European Court of Human Rights rules against Ms Evans, who says that she is determined to have a baby.

"I'm still as determined to do whatever it takes to have a child of my own," she said after the verdict. "Howard may feel it's too late for him to change his mind, but it's not." She was referring to the fact that her partner Howard Johnston withdrew
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permission to use the embryos after they split up. Ms Evans is now hoping to get some justice at the Grand Jury of the European Court. However Mr Johnston said that he would still refuse permission, "It seems that common sense has prevailed. The key thing for me was just to be able to decide when, and if, I would start a family," he said. "I'm not thinking about this in terms of a victory." A panel of seven judges ruled that Evans could not use the Embryos, "The Court, like the national courts, had great sympathy for the plight of the applicant who, if implantation did not take place, would be deprived of the ability to give birth to her own child." Ms Evans had begun her IVF treatments in 2001 and has stored six frozen embryos that will be destroyed this October as per the provisions of the UK law.
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