Do embryos have legal status a person?

Published April 16, 2018 This content is archived.


An article on The Daily Beast about freezer malfunctions at two fertility clinics that led to the loss of thousands of eggs and embryos stored by people who had hopes of using them for future pregnancies looks at a case that would give the embryos legal standing as persons, and interviews Lucinda Finley, Frank G. Raichle Professor of Trial and Appellate Advocacy in the UB School of Law. Ohio is one of the states where it’s possible to bring a wrongful death suit on behalf of a fetus, however, a fetus is defined by Ohio law as a human offspring developing during pregnancy, she said. “In this case there was a fertilized embryo, but not a pregnancy.”

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