Connecticut Supreme Court judges that the woman can destroy embryos that her ex wants to donate

Connecticut Court rules in favor of the woman who wants to destroy frozen embryo who wants to keep her ex-husband

  • Jessica Bilbao and Timothy R. Goodwin froze the embryos before their split in 2016
  • They already have eight children between them; she has two and he has five from previous relationships and they have a daughter together
  • Their daughter was conceived through IVF and was one of the two embryos she froze
  • Now Goodwin wants to save the others and bring them to an end
  • The couple had signed an agreement that they would be destroyed in a divorce
  • Goodwin, however, changed his mind during their divorce
  • He said he wanted them to be kept viable in case they were reconciled or if they didn't, they should be given to a childless couple
  • The Connecticut Supreme Court has enforced the couple's divorce agreement
  • It did not make a statement as to whether the embryos are considered alive

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a woman can destroy frozen embryos that her ex-husband wants to donate.

Jessica Bilbao and Timothy R. Goodwin have been fighting since their divorce in 2016 about what to do with their frozen embryos stored at a fertility clinic.

The couple have eight children between them.


From previous relationships she has two sons and he has two daughters and two sons. They also have a daughter together who was conceived by IVF.

The daughter was one of the two embryos that froze the pair and the other stays in a fertility clinic in Connecticut.

The couple signed an agreement when they froze them that in the event of a divorce, the embryos would be destroyed.

But Goodwin changed his mind while the couple broke up, according to The Hartford Courant.

He now thinks of them as people and wants them to remain viable in case the couple ever comes to terms with each other. If they don't, he says they should be given to a childless couple.

However, the court chose his wife's side and upheld the agreement that the couple signed.

It did not make a statement as to whether or not the embryos should be considered as human lives.


Justice Gregory T. D & # 39; Auria wrote in his unanimous decision: & # 39; Because we conclude that the parties in this case had an enforceable agreement, we do not decide what a court should do if there is no enforceable agreement.

& # 39; For example, we leave for another day or, in the absence of an enforceable agreement, balancing or simultaneous mutual consent is the right approach, and what the details of such an approach would entail. & # 39;

A lower court had previously thrown away the agreement and given the custody of the embryos to Bilbao.

Goodwin appealed against the state's highest court.


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