June 19, 2024


The Alabama Supreme Court further curtails the state’s reproductive freedom when it decides that embryos outside the womb are entitled to human status. Alabama judges cited passages from the Bible and heard convoluted theoretical legal arguments in their 131-page ruling before reaching a 7-2 ruling.

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The Alabama Mobile Infirmary Medical Centre was sued by two IVF-seeking couples in Alabama after a patient broke into the hospital’s cryogenic unit and dropped two embryos. At this point, the embryos have been selected as potentially suitable for uterine transfer. Despite having overcome this obstacle, they still have a 50% chance of failing when they are transplanted.

The complaints were submitted by the two plaintiffs under Alabama’s Wrongful

The Wrongful Death of a Minor Act in Alabama is the legal basis for the complaints brought by both plaintiffs. The justices cited the “Wrongful Death of a Minor Act applies on its face to all unborn children, without limitation” as the legal justification for their ruling. This historic decision not only reflects the pro-life agenda bolstered by religious propaganda, but it also serves as a stark reminder of the tight control Alabama politicians wish to maintain over the state’s reproductive health.

This decision will make it more difficult for Alabamans who want to undergo IVF treatment and tighten abortion laws even more. Hospitals consider the ruling to be extremely risky, making it nearly hard to implement.

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