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Arizona Governor Signs New Human Embryo Law

Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 3:13pm
Updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 3:51pm
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When a couple is unable to conceive naturally or medical treatments — like chemotherapy — make future pregnancies unlikely, there are a variety of fertility options available, including harvesting a woman’s eggs, freezing them and using them at a later date.

Up until now, reproductive fertility law specialists in Arizona would help couples navigate any tricky ethical issues that might arise in the future, like what happens if you split up or divorce before you decide to use the eggs.

But, a new law signed Tuesday by Gov. Doug Ducey has the potential to upend any contractual agreements written between husbands and wives or domestic partners, and dictates who is allowed to keep frozen eggs after a breakup.

Cathi Herrod, President of Center for Arizona Policy, said the new human embryo law helps make the law clearer and it is a positive step for Arizona.

"Just like a judge will decide when there are disputes over property, disputes over who gets the family dog — now who gets the family embryos will also be decided by a judge according to the law," Herrod said.

But how does this law look to members of the medical community working in reproductive health? For that, we’re joined on The Show by Dr. Drew Moffitt, division director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility for Banner – University Medical Center.

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