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|Yes she should, its her only chance to become a mother||11||30.56%|
|No, her ex-fiance has the right to withdraw his consent||13||36.11%|
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Frozen Embryo Appeal Ruling
I felt so sorry for Natallie Evans when I saw how distraught she was on the news last night.
She is the lady who underwent fertility treatment having been left infertile after cancer treatment and had described her appeal to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg as her last chance to have a baby.
"I am distraught. It is very hard for me to accept that the embryos will now be destroyed and I will never become a mother," Evans said, reading out a brief statement at a news conference in London before breaking off in sobs.
Her former fiance Howard Johnston has asked for embryos he fertilised before they separated to be destroyed by the clinic where they are stored.
He said after the verdict: "I feel that once again, it looks like common sense has prevailed."
He told reporters he was relieved at the decision, and that he wanted to be able to choose with whom and when to become a parent. It was a matter of principle, he added.
The court on Tuesday upheld an earlier European rejection of Evans' submission that her human rights were infringed by British court rulings which said her former fiance was entitled to block her use of the embryos.
Evans' bid for a baby began in 2000 when she and Johnston sought fertility treatment at a clinic in Bath.
During an examination she was diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition of her ovaries.
Before her ovaries were removed, she and Johnston had IVF treatment and six embryos were created. They were frozen and put into storage.
The couple later separated and Johnston then withdrew his consent for the embryos to be used.
He argued he did not want her to have his baby because he did not want the financial or emotional burden of being a father to a child he would not bring up.
Difficult one this, as I say I felt so sorry for her when I saw this on the news, she has lost the chance to become a mother while her ex is free to father children.
So, just wondering what other people think about the ruling.
I am 46 and very happily married. I have 4 boys, 2 from my previous marriage aged 19 and 13. Very lucky to also have 2 lovely boys, one born at home May 2007 and my youngest born Feb 2009. Just when I thought my baby days were long gone I have had the biggest surprise and baby boy number 5 will be here in early September