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Argentine Court Rules That Ex-Wife Cannot Use Embryos Created During Marriage

A sound ruling from all appearances:

A judicial ruling in Argentina says frozen embryos from a divorced man’s sperm can be used by his ex-wife to get pregnant again.

An appeals panel in Buenos Aires has upheld an earlier ruling in favor of the woman, who had one baby with the man after artificial insemination in 2005. The couple then got divorced.

The man argues he shouldn’t be forced into biological fatherhood with his ex-wife. But the two female judges say life begins at conception in Argentina, so he gave approval by donating sperm.

Argentina has no regulations on artificial insemination, but the judges’ ruling published Friday says the lack of laws shouldn’t stop the woman from using the embryos.

The former couple are identified only by their initials.

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