Families agree to suspend lawsuits over embryos

Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 3:25 p.m. CDT

CLAYTON — Couples from Missouri and California involved in a dispute over possession of two frozen embryos have agreed to mediation, and both couples have suspended lawsuits.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a motion to suspend the legal proceedings was accepted Wednesday prior to a hearing in St. Louis County.


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Jen and Patrick McLaughlin of Kirkwood, filed suit last week, and Edward and Kerry Lambert of Pleasanton, Calif., countersued.

The Lamberts donated four embryos to the McLaughlins in February 2009. Jen McLaughlin had two transferred to her womb in May and gave birth to twins in January. The other two remained at a fertility clinic in northern California.

The Lamberts decided in February to take back the remaining embryos, prompting the legal battle.


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