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S.F. judge has tough questions for both sides in frozen embryos case

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 6, 2015

A judge who will decide the fate of a divorced couple’s five frozen embryos objected Tuesday when a lawyer described the matter as a dispute over property.

“It’s a hard issue,” San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo said during closing arguments. “Describing it as property doesn’t really capture what this is.” 

The embryos, she added, “could result in the birth of a child.”

Stephen Findley, 45, and his former wife, Dr. Mimi Lee, 46, an anesthesiologist, divorced in April. She wants to use the embryos they created to have a child. He wants them destroyed. They both signed a consent agreement in 2010 directing a fertility clinic to discard the embryos in the event of a divorce.

Both sides received skeptical questions from the judge as she listened to closing arguments after a one-week trial. The case is expected to be submitted late this month after final briefs are filed. The judge will then have 90 days to issue a ruling.

Lee wept as the arguments came to an end and Massullo expressed concern about forcing Findley to become a parent.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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