High Court Judge, Mr Justice Ouseley, has dismissed a claim from an unnamed woman known as “Mrs M” to use her dead daughter’s frozen eggs for fertility treatment in the US.
Mrs M had submitted a statement to the court describing her daughter’s suffering during her bowel cancer, and said she had “wanted her genes to be carried forward after her death”. She had her eggs frozen after her diagnosis at the age of 23.
Mr Justice Ouseley said: “I must dismiss this claim, though I do so conscious of the additional distress which this will bring to the claimants, whose aim has been to honour their daughter’s dying wish for something of her to live on after her untimely death.”
Jenni Richards QC, appearing for Mrs M, asked the judge to rule the HFEA was wrong not to allow access to the eggs.
She argued it was a “disproportionate interference” with the family’s human rights.
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