Summary of the case, A.Z. vs. B.Z.

A.Z. vs. B.Z., 431 Mass. 150 (2000).

This court concluded that the terms of an agreement between a married couple and an in vitro fertilization clinic regarding the disposition of their frozen preembryos, and the circumstances in connection with the couple's execution of related consent forms, did not clearly represent the intentions of the parties some four years later in the context of their divorce, and was not enforceable.

This court stated that, as a matter of public policy, it would not enforce an agreement regarding the disposition of frozen preembroys that would compel one of the donors to become a parent against his or her will.