Legally Speaking


A column highlighting recent court decisions affecting the assisted reproductive technologies and the families they create, written by Susan L. Crockin, J.D. and guest authors who offer unique perspectives and expertise on significant legal topics.  

  • Reproductive Medicine - Cases in the Courts

    Legally Speaking
    An 80-year-old Colorado gynecologist is the most recently discovered physician to have secretly used his own sperm to artificially inseminate his patients.
  • Fertility Fraud: An Update

    Legally Speaking
    News about “fertility fraud” legislation and lawsuits is appearing with increasing frequency in national and international headlines. Currently, California, Indiana, and Texas have bills criminalizing fertility fraud.
  • Focus on Genetic Testing

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    Litigation involving mistakes in genetic testing outcomes or reports are not new, but the exponential increase in genetic testing in assisted reproductive technologies, including carrier screening, PGT, using mosaic embryos and the potential for gene-editing, has fueled new genetic-based lawsuits and variables.
  • Canadian Trial Court Embryo Decision Overturned

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    Courts continue to see cases related to the use and disposition of frozen embryos, gamete mix-ups, and the discriminatory nature of U.S. international surrogacy policies.
  • Arizona Court Awards Embryos to Ex-Wife and Other Cases

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    Current cases in reproductive medicine include an Arizona court that reverses a lower court and awards embryos to an ex-wife; a woman sues a hospital after discovering it stored her embryo for 13 years, an Alabama judge allows a wrongful death case to be filed on behalf of an aborted fetus, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejects the review of a Colorado frozen embryo case.
  • State Legislatures Busy

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    State legislatures remain busy with various issues related to surrogacy, embryo storage, fertility fraud, and personhood, among others, while Cambodia addresses surrogacy issues.
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