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[Impact of changes in marital status on the right to dispose of frozen human embryos]

BODNÁR Béla, BAZSÁNÉ Kassai Zsuzsa

FEBRUARY 28, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(02)

[The frozen storage of human preembryos raises a number of ethical issues, which can be grouped into two main categories:1. the technical implementation of frozen storage, and 2. controversial or debatable situations related to changes in marital status. The first group includes ethical issues relating to the loss of preembryos during the procedure, the duration of storage, the cost of frozen storage, the transfer to other freezing programmes and the destruction of preembryos. The second group concerns the consequences of the death of one or both members of the (married) couple, the divorce of the couple and the change of the right of disposal of the frozen preembryos. ]

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