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Futurity, July 18, 2016
David Orenstein-Brown, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

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[...] In a new paper, two experts review this history and propose five specific guidelines. The results could offer clarity for disputes over any of the estimated million or so frozen embryos in the US.

“All of these ad hoc, individually tackled cases aren’t taking us anywhere or pointing us in a common direction,” says Eli Adashi, professor and former dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University. “But a lot of these issues are preventable.”

The cases typically arise because it’s unclear, once a couple has split up, whether one can oblige the other to become a parent. In four of the 11 cases Adashi reviewed with coauthor I. Glenn Cohen, professor at Harvard Law School, there was no valid contract between the parties. [...] 

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This article was also republished in News Medical on July 19, 2016. 

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