Frozen Embryo Legal Battle

Woman must turn over embryo for estranged husband to destroy: judges

Source NY Post

An appeals court has taken away a Manhattan woman’s frozen embryo — and given it to her estranged husband to destroy.

In April 2017, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan granted Bat-El Yishay Finkelstein sole custody of the embryo that a fertility clinic had created with her egg and her husband Yoram Finkelstein’s sperm.

The judge based her decision in part on the fact that the embryo represented the now 53-year-old wife’s “last chance to become a biological parent.”

Finkelstein, a 63-year-old architect, challenged the ruling.

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Frozen Embryo Legal Battle

Man fighting ex over frozen embryos: I know the pain of growing up without a dad

Source New York Post

The pain of growing up fatherless is behind a Brooklyn man’s fight to stop his ex from using their frozen embryos to get pregnant, according to new court papers.

In an increasingly bitter legal battle, Kevin Heldt ran to court last month to stop Ilissa Watnik from getting pregnant with fertilized eggs they’d been storing at a Manhattan fertility clinic.

Watnik, 42, argued the couple had already agreed she could have the genetic material if they broke up, and accused Heldt of using legal maneuvers as a “weapon” to run out her biological clock.

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