Alabama Supreme Court rules frozen embryos are children

by ian

Alabama’s Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are children under state law, meaning they are also protected under wrongful death laws.

In December 2020, a group of in vitro patients sued the Center for Reproductive Medicine after their embryos were dropped to the ground. They claimed it was a violation of the state’s Wrongful Death of a Minor Act, which applies to the unborn.
Alabama’s top court agreed, saying the law applies “to all unborn children, without limitation.”

The court also found that state codes are based on a Biblical view of the sanctity of life. The ruling summarized that belief as “all human beings bear the image of God, and their lives cannot be destroyed without effacing his glory.”

Seven of eight justices agreed with the ruling, which overturned a lower court decision that denied extending rights to embryos outside the womb.