Custody battle over frozen embryos…

Sarah Robinson’s story about how she might face a custody battle over frozen embryos with her ex appears in THE SUN newspaper today.

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Sarah talks in The Sun about the difficulties she and her ex face over their frozen embryos...

When Sarah got breast cancer and was told treatment might make her infertile, she and her then boyfriend Carl, decided to have embryos frozen.
So shortly before she underwent chemo and radiotherapy, her eggs were harvested and fertilised with Carl’s sperm.
But now the couple have split up – and although the embryos might be Sarah’s only chance of having a family – she is worried she will never be able to use them.
Legally, both of them need one another’s consent before they could use the embryos. Her concerns are that any new man she meets will never be happy about her having her ex-boyfriend’s baby and that any new girlfriend Carl has will be equally unhappy. And Sarah does not know how she would react if it were Carl wanted to use them. Could she be happy knowing another woman was bringing up her biological child.
In fact, both of them realise when they went into this, they did not have enough counselling about the issues involved.
I have followed Sarah’s story for approximately a year now and in line with other interviewees, who come through my website, Featureworld I always endeavour to sell stories again.
Hence, Sarah’s story about how she got cancer in her twenties has already appeared in Fabulous magazine and the Daily Mail newspaper. However, since those stories, the situation between Carl and Sarah has changed and now they’ve split, they face this new dilemma.

Sarah said: “I wanted to get this story out there as I am sure it must be happening with other couples.”

Meanwhile, Carl said: “The story reads well. Thank you very much!”

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Alison Smith-Squire

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2 thoughts on “Custody battle over frozen embryos…

  1. i
    im in a similar situation with my ex girlfriend, dont know how to resolve this, shes with a new bloke now and pretends to everyone that the baby inside her is hers. with both lost twins through ivf in 09 and shes aware that ive had problems with contact with my 7 year olds mother regarding contact. I mainly agreed for the frozen embryo to be placed in her womb because i new shes lost 3 babies including my twins with her and she has psos which restricts her from ovulating and she has an incompetent cervix. theses are the reasons why i done it but i feel once again that i have been robbed of being a father to my biological child as my past also demonstrates and my ex no this hurt ive gone through.

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