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In a landmark decision, the Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that frozen embryos created for in vitro fertilization (IVF) purposes qualify as embryos under the state’s anti-abortion laws. This ruling has profound implications for reproductive rights, reinvigorating discussion on the legal status of embryos. The cases at the center of this ruling involved three couples who brought wrongful death suits upon the accidental destruction of their frozen embryos at a fertility clinic. The court’s decision to classify these embryos as minor children, allowing parents to sue for their deaths, highlights the evolving legal landscape surrounding reproductive technologies.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on March 15, 2024. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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