The ex-wife in the highly publicized Texas Frozen Embryo Custody case of Roman v. Roman was “devastated” upon hearing the news that the U.S. Supreme Court denied her the right to legal custody of several frozen embryos she had created with her ex-husband prior to their divorce. Augusta Roman, 46, has said that the embryos are her last chance to become pregnant. Her ex-husband, Randy Roman asserts that he does not want to create any children with her after their long and bitter divorce.
Augusta Roman’s local attorney, Becky Reitz, said her client was devastated by the refusal of the Texas and U.S. supreme courts to hear her case.
“She just bawled,” Reitz said. “She cried her eyes out.”
Randy Roman’s attorney, Greg Enos was characteristically understated and said his client was “pleased” with the news and that Mr. Roman was “hopeful that this long ordeal is over”.
It looks however that Randy Roman will have to endure more before the case is finally over. Augusta has pledged that she is going to exhaust every legal remedy- no matter how long the odds or how much it costs.
“I told her the only thing we can do is file a motion for reconsideration and it will cost $1,000 just for the printing. She goes, ‘I don’t care”, said Becky Reitz.
Augusta Roman’s last legal option is to motion the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider it’s decision. The long shot motion is a final desperate gambit. The U.S. Supreme Court almost never grants such motions, and such motions usually argue that something new has happened since the Court considered the case.
If the U.S. Supreme Court denies the motion, Augusta Roman will be out of legal options. If that happens, the embryos will never be implanted. The embryos will remain frozen under a protective order until the end of the case. After all legal remedies are exhausted, the embryos will likely be destroyed by the fertility clinic unless the parties agree to have them disposed of differently.
Quotes from an article printed in the Houston Chronicle