An estranged B.C. couple's battle over a handful of frozen embryos could break some fresh legal ground in Canada.
Juanita and Gregory Nott separated in 2011 and are in the midst of divorcing. But in the middle of the process they learned the B.C. Women's Centre for Reproductive Health, where the couple have four embryos in storage since 2004, was closing down.
Juanita Nott, who had two children with her husband born from implanted embryos, along with two others, wanted the embryos transferred to another facility for possible future use. Gregory Nott, concerned he could be saddled with child-support payments down the road, refused his consent and wanted the embryos destroyed.
But a B.C. Supreme Court judge sided with Juanita Nott, ruling Wednesday that the embryos could be transferred and preserved at least until the issue of custody is decided in the divorce proceeding, the Vancouver Province reported.Read More »from Judge rules B.C. woman’s frozen embryos won’t be destroyed until 2013 divorce trial