I was reading a case in property law about a divorced couple fighting over who had the right to their frozen embryos in their previous attempts at IVF. The women wanted to at first use them for herself and still be a parent but later wanted them given off as a donation for others to use. The man wanted to destroy them not wanting to be the parent even if it is just for a donation. There were several frozen embryos in question. Do all of them have souls? They all can potentially be humans which was part of the discussion. The trial court ruled them to be human and therefore could not be destroyed. I knew that was being overturned in appeal. The Tennessee Supreme Court of course cited Roe v. Wade in claiming them not to be human and they stated that the person wanting them to be destroyed should have priority unless there is not another reasonable way of parenthood for the other. The woman remarried so she no longer would fit that category.
Besides the fact that this case shows why the Catholic Church is and should be against IVF, do all of these embryos have souls? My first guess would be yes which would make this procedure very problematic and immoral but I’m not sure.