Alabama Supreme Court declares frozen embryos to be children with same rights as 'unborn children'

 February 20, 2024

The Alabama Supreme Court infuriated countless pro-abortion liberal types this week after a controversial ruling was handed down regarding the status of frozen embryos.

According to ALReporter, the state's high court ruled that frozen embryos are, in fact, children. The ruling could bring an end to in vitro fertilization practices in the state.

The high court decided that the frozen embryos have the same rights as other "unborn children."

Angering the left to an even greater degree was the state's high court citing the Bible in its ruling. Chief Justice Tom Parker cited the Bible in his opinion.

"When the People of Alabama adopted (the ‘sanctity of life’ provision of the state constitution), they did not use the term ‘inviolability,’ with its secular connotations, but rather they chose the term ‘sanctity,’ with all of its connotations," Parker wrote.

"This kind of acceptance is not foreign to our Constitution, which in its preamble ‘invok[es] the favor and guidance of Almighty God,’ … and which declares that ‘all men … are endowed [with life] by their Creator.’ The Alabama Constitution’s recognition that human life is an endowment from God emphasizes a foundational principle of English common law, which has been expressly incorporated as part of the law of Alabama," he added.

Parker continued:

Parker then went on to cite two overtly Christian texts – “Theology Today” and “Manhattan Declaration: The Call of Christian Conscience” – to help define the phrase “sanctity of life” and argue that life begins at conception because, “all human beings bear God’s image from the moment of conception.”

The case came to the steps of the Alabama Supreme Court after "the accidental destruction of several embryos at a Mobile fertility clinic, The Center for Reproductive Medicine."

ALReporter noted:

Three couples whose embryos were destroyed sued the Center, but a circuit court judge threw out the lawsuit because the embryos were not covered under Alabama’s “Wrongful Death of a Minor Act.”

The lower court that originally dismissed the case ruled, "The cryopreserved, in vitro embryos involved in this case do not fit within the definition of a ‘person.'"

However, writing for the high court's majority, Justice Jay Mitchell reversed the ruling, leading to Chief Justice Parker's final take on the situation.

Only one of the state Supreme Court justices, Justice Greg Cook, dissented.

In the wake of the ruling, many questioned how it would affect the state's abortion laws. Only time will tell.