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Irish woman suing her husband over couple's frozen embryos

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DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - In a potentially pivotal case, an Irish woman is suing her estranged husband for the right to use the couple's frozen embryos. The case is a legal first in the mostly Catholic country, where the constitution outlaws abortion and may protect a frozen embryo's right to life. At issue is whether the husband can withdraw from a consent form the two signed at an in-vitro fertilization clinic six years ago. They have a son by natural means, and a daughter through I-V-F. The woman says these three other fertilized eggs are the potential siblings of their children, and she wants them implanted. She's on the stand this week, and says her husband had wanted several sons, but that he had an affair during her second pregnancy. She says he's since told her he doesn't want more children, and none with her anyway. A 1983 law requires Ireland to defend the right to life of the unborn, but no case has not yet established whether "the unborn" includes frozen embryos.
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