Interesting Ethical Scenario

In the early 1980s, a plane crash cut short the lives of an infertile couple, leaving two frozen embryos orphaned. Several important ethical and legal questions arose:

• Who would have decision-making powers over the fate of the embryos?

• Should there be provisions for the embryos in the couple's will?

• Did the embryos have a right to be born?

• If so, would the embryos inherit the couple's estate?

• Who would serve as a surrogate to grow and deliver these babies?

• Who would raise these children and would they be compensated financially from the deceased parents' estate?

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