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

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 19-388

4 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2019 Last revised: 13 Jul 2019

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Dov Fox

University of San Diego: School of Law

I. Glenn Cohen

Harvard Law School

Eli Y Adashi

Brown University Medical School

Date Written: December 4, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Fox, Dov and Cohen, I. Glenn and Adashi, Eli Y, Losing Embryos, Finding Justice: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Personhood (December 4, 2018). Annals of Internal Medicine. 2018;169(11):800-801. DOI: 10.7326/M18-2483; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 19-388. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3410085 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3410085

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I. Glenn Cohen

Harvard Law School ( email )

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Eli Y Adashi

Brown University Medical School ( email )

Providence, RI 02912
United States

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