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CAMDEN, NJ, Sept 29 (LSN) – An ex-husband seeking to adopt the frozen embryos created with his former wife has lost his first court battle with Superior Court Family Judge Lee B. Laskin siding with the ex-wife who wants the embryos killed.  Associated Press reports that the husband is a “devout Catholic” and thus does not want to see the embryos destroyed but rather donated to an infertile couple. While the Catholic Church has encouraged that frozen embryos be implanted rather than killed, it ultimately condemns of in vitro fertilization as illicit since a number of lives must be sacrificed in the procedure, the sperm is collected by masturbation, and the IVF technique replaces the marital act.  The judge has stayed his order of the destruction of the embryos pending an appeal of the case.

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