Ohio appellate court rules lost embryos were not living persons

Ohio appellate court rules lost embryos were not living persons

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - An Ohio appellate court recently ruled that an embryo of one Cleveland family shouldn’t be considered a living person.

The 8th District Ohio Court of Appeals ruled Thursday against Rick and Wendy Penniman, who were seeking a declaration regarding their embryos, which were lost in a freezer malfunction at University Hospitals last year.

More of their story below:

An Ohio family is devastated after court rules their lost embryos at University Hospitals weren't living persons. https://bit.ly/2vzG0dN This case stems from an incident in March 2018 where a nitrogen storage tank failed, leading to the destruction of thousands of eggs and embryos.

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Friday, May 3, 2019

Their attorney argued before a panel of judges that an embryo should be considered a person and not property, and the judge ruled otherwise.

It was a 2-1 ruling in the Ohio State Court of Appeals.

University Hospitals said human error was an issue in the incident, as the tank was turned off.

They released a statement a Friday morning:

"We agree with the Court of Appeals’ decision to apply settled Ohio law with regard to embryos in the context of this case.”

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