'Alabama Supreme Court Rules Embryos Are Children'

From Christians for Personhood

Feb 19, 2024



The Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday that frozen embryos are "children" and deserve the same legal rights as other "unborn children."

Friday's 7-2 decision overturned the lower court ruling, allowing the parents to proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit. Critics argue the new ruling will likely signal the end of in vitro fertilization in Alabama and lamented the court's Biblical language in its ruling.

In a concurring opinion, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker wrote: "When the People of Alabama adopted (the 'sanctity of life' provision of the state constitution), they did not use the term 'inviolability,' with its secular connotations, but rather they chose the term 'sanctity,' with all of its connotations. The Alabama Constitution's recognition that human life is an endowment from God emphasizes a foundational principle of English common law, which has been expressly incorporated as part of the law of Alabama."

In writing for the dissent, Justice Greg Cook offered: "No court — anywhere in the country — has reached the conclusion the main opinion reaches. And the main opinion's holding almost certainly ends the creation of frozen embryos through in vitro fertilization ("IVF") in Alabama."


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