U.S.: frozen embryos are not people? A attorney submits an appeal before the Ohio Supreme Court

Publié le : 20 May 2019

An Ohio appeals court upheld on Thursday a previous ruling that frozen embryos are not people. This decision was based on an Ohio law that states that an embryo is considered a person only if it can survive outside the womb.


The decision was taken following lawsuits filed for the destruction of 4,000 frozen embryos as a result of temperature fluctuations due to malfunctioning of the storage tanks at two fertility centres in Cleveland in March 2018. About a hundred families have filed lawsuits.


An attorney for the couple Rick and Wendy Penniman said that he will appeal Thursday’s ruling to the Ohio Supreme Court.


For further reading:

Embryos accidentally thawed: 8 more families are suing

United States – funeral service for embryos destroyed as a result of freezer malfunction

Embryos accidentally frozen in Ohio – are these classed as persons?

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