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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, April 2, 2007

Donating Frozen Embryos for Stem-Cell Research

"There are a half-million or so frozen human embryos stored in freezers across the country, and two of them belong to Jodi Kreiser and her husband.  Like thousands of couples trying to have families through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), they faced a wrenching choice: what to do with embryos they created at great financial and emotional cost that are not destined to become their children. Most couples keep them frozen indefinitely, and eventually, experts say, they are destroyed.

Now, the Kreisers are among the first in the state to have a new choice. Their embryos will be donated to the University of Minnesota for embryonic stem-cell research. The step is emerging as an option amid intensifying political debate on the use of stem cells." By Josehine Marcotty, Star TRibune, Link to Article (last visited 4-2-07 NVS)

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As the chair of the ABA Family Law Section Committee on Reproductive Technologies and Genetics I thought you might like to know that the proposed Model Code on Assisted Reproduction which the Committee has been drafting for the past few years was approved by the Section in February 2007 and is now scheduled to go to the ABA House of Delegates in August. The ABA has also published a book on Assisted Reproductive Technology which I co-authored with Maurneen McBrien (available from the ABA web store). Maureen and I recently lectured to a grand round at the Mass. Gen. Hospital-Harvard Medical School Ob-Gyn, and we find growing interest in this topic I would be interested in hearing how many schools offer a course or seminar and if most professors at least include some coverage in family law classes.

Charley Kindregan
Distinguished Professor of Law
Suffolk University Law School

Posted by: Charles Kindregan | Apr 4, 2007 9:35:40 AM

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