Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tis the Season for Eggs

Dying Easter eggs with your kids always starts out as a wholesome, family fun event, yet somehow seems to always end with children in time out and parents scrubbing pastel-colored dye off of white surfaces because we never seem to learn that egg dying should not take place on white tables.  Or maybe that’s just my family’s annual experience.

Perhaps your Easter egg experience is rolling them down the front law of the White House.  Some 35,000 folks did that last year, though it appears the event may be a bit smaller this year.    

Or, during the start of spring, perhaps you are thinking about an entirely different type of eggs, namely human eggs.  Frozen human eggs, to be specific.  Property law's relation to frozen human eggs is the topic of Browne Lewis’ (Cleveland-Marshall) article “You Belong to Me”:  Unscrambling the Legal Ramifications of Recognizing a Property Right in Frozen Human Eggs, 83 Tenn. L. Rev. 645 (2016).  Lewis’ article was just reviewed by Tanya Marsh (Wake Forest) on JOTWELL.  Both the article and the review are worthy reads during this egg-cellent spring season. 

Lewis’ article notes the importance of determining whether and how property law applies to frozen human eggs.  While Marsh (and most courts) are a bit taken aback at the idea of “owning” any part of the human body, be it eggs or cells, what Lewis provides is a framework for contemplating the property and bioethics issues involving frozen human eggs. 

So here's to scholarship on eggs of all types!

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