Court denies parents son’s frozen embryos
In China’s first case on the inheritance of frozen embryos, two parents were told they could not inherit their deceased son’s frozen embryos, at a court in East China’s Jiangsu province.
The couple’s son and their daughter-in-law, both only children, died in a car accident on March 20, 2013, five days before they planned to transfer a fertilized egg via in vitro fertilization to the daughterin-law’s uterus.
The young couple did not have a child and were trying to conceive baby. They started the process in Feb 2012 and had four of their frozen embryos stored at a local hospital.
The four embryos became the only hope for the two pairs of grandparents to have a biological grandchild.
The hospital refused to give the families the embryos since surrogate motherhood is banned in China.