Settlement reached in dispute over embryos

CLAYTON, MO (AP) - Couples from Missouri and California involved in a dispute over possession of 2 frozen embryos have reached a settlement in the case.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that details of the private settlement were not released.

Jen and Patrick McLaughlin of Kirkwood, Mo., filed suit earlier this year, 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.

McLaughlin's lawyer, Al Watkins, said in a press release Thursday that the parties came to the agreement through their lawyers. The announcement did not say which party gained custody of the embryos.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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