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Woman to appeal on frozen embryo decision

29 October 2003
By BioNews
Appeared in BioNews 232

Natallie Evans, one of two British women currently prevented from using embryos kept in frozen storage by the withdrawal of consent by ex-partners, has announced that she will take her case to the Court of Appeal.

The UK High Court ruled a month ago against Natallie Evans and Lorraine Hadley, who had sought to use the embryos against a requirement of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. The Act stipulates that consent from both parties is needed for continued storage or use of frozen embryos. Lorraine Hadley has decided not to appeal, apparently due to the withdrawal of her legal aid.

The next step in Ms Evans' case is for the Court of Appeal to consider the merits of her application and to decide whether or not to give her permission to appeal. If she receives permission, she will be able to proceed with the full appeal. Muiris Lyons, solicitor for both women, commented to BioNews: 'Natallie... is very determined and wants to do everything in her power to prevent her embryos being destroyed and to preserve her last chance of having a natural child of her own. She believes that while her embryos remain alive and in storage, then there is still hope and she must do everything she can.'

The Court of Appeal is expected to respond in the next few weeks.

SOURCES & REFERENCES
Embryo case woman launches appeal
BBC News Online |  29 October 2003
Embryo case woman to appeal
The Daily Telegraph |  30 October 2003
Woman gives up frozen embryo fight
BioNews.org.uk |  27 October 2003
Woman to fight on over frozen embryos
The Scotsman |  29 October 2003
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