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Should frozen embryos be considered marital property?

Should frozen embryos be considered marital property?

(Mark Henle, for the Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — When Ruby Torres was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, at age 33, she was told her treatment could cause infertility. Torres knew she wanted to be a mother, so to increase her chances of having a biological child later on, she and her then-boyfriend John Terrell, then 37, agreed to create embryos — using her eggs and his sperm — and have them frozen for later implantation through in vitro fertilization, according to court documents.

At the fertility clinic, the couple signed a contract: if they were to split up, the embryos could either be donated to another couple, or one partner would be allowed to use them — as long as the other partner granted permission, court documents state. Four days later, they married.

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