Losing Embryos, Finding Justice: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Personhood
Annals of Internal Medicine. 2018;169(11):800-801. DOI: 10.7326/M18-2483
4 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2019 Last revised: 5 Nov 2019
Date Written: December 4, 2018
On 3 March 2018, a liquid nitrogen storage tank broke down at University Hospitals Fertility Center in Cleveland, Ohio. More than 950 patients lost over 4000 eggs and embryos (also called “preembryos”) that were frozen and stored for later use. The hospital's letter to patients pointed to human error. The Ohio Department of Health found the fertility center out of compliance, and inquests are still pending.
Keywords: embryos, personhood
JEL Classification: K23
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