CHICAGO - All Alison Miller and Todd Parrish wanted was to become parents. But when a fertility clinic didn't preserve a healthy embryo they had hoped would one day become their child, they sued for wrongful death. A judge refused to dismiss their case, ruling in effect that a test-tube embryo is a human being and that the suit can go forward. 

Though most legal experts believe the ruling will be overturned, some in the fertility business worry it could have a chilling effect, threatening everything from in vitro fertilization to abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research. 

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Should this couple win their lawsuit against a fertility clinic that threw away their embryos?
CHICAGO - All Alison Miller and Todd Parrish wanted was to become parents. But when a fertility clinic didn`t preserve a healthy embryo they had hoped would one day become their child, they sued for wrongful death. A judge refused to dismiss their case, ruling in effect that a test-tube embryo is a human being and that the suit can go forward.

Though most legal experts believe the ruling will be overturned, some in the fertility business worry it could have a chilling effect, threatening everything from in vitro fertilization to abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research.

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17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/14/05 - 6:36:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
An interesting legal case...
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/6/05 - 5:13:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. They should sue for something, but not wrongful death. An embryo is not a human.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/6/05 - 5:20:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hunnybear what r u talkin about wtf u think stemcell research is such a major argument.. that still hasn beem declared if sperm on a petri dish and an egg is human or not.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/6/05 - 5:28:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^ Huh?

I don't know the details of this case, but I think they should receive some kind of compensation. There 's a lot of debate on whether a fetus is human or not, but here we're talking about an embryo. An embryo doesn't even have human features yet, which is why I think it's pretty extreme to be sueing for wrongful death.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/17/05 - 3:35:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wonder why the doctor's would just throw them away though, it seems like there is more to the story.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/17/05 - 3:42:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow!! That judge is opening a huge can of worms by saying an embryo is a life. I think that is why judges are targets these days because they are making laws instead of enforcing them. He needs to enforce the law.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/17/05 - 10:55:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
and this is why we have the stella awards... given to the people who win the stupidest lawsuits eg. trying to stel hubcaps->sues for running over his fingers...
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/20/05 - 10:33:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
No they can get another embryo.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/26/05 - 10:18:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
Though an embryo is not yet a 'life' it may as well be, and in my eyes, it's the same thing as murder. Sure, sure, just because it can't feel anything and it doesn't know you're killing it, you're still doing it?!
17 yrs ago - Sunday 5/1/05 - 6:53:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 5/1/05 - 7:07:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Lime, that makes no sense. If it's not alive, how can you kill it?

My take: Wrongful death seems a bit much. Especially considering these fertilization clinics usually create many embryos that never get used, and the couple should have been well aware of that fact,

so they would effectively be complicent.

But, it seems if the clinic didn't deliver on their promise, especially if it was due to negligence, I would hope the couple would get there money back at the very least.

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/21/05 - 12:53:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree they should sue for throwing it away, but wrongful death?



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