Put Limit on How Long Canadian Fertility Clinics Can Store Frozen Embryos, Academics Argue

June 24, 2016

(National Post) – Canada should limit how long human embryos can be stored in deep freeze to reduce the number of embryos hanging frozen in potential “perpetuity” in fertility clinics across the country, academics are arguing. These “abandoned” embryos belong to people now “lost to followup” — individuals or couples who have finished or dropped out of fertility treatment, stopped paying yearly storage fees or who can’t bring themselves to make a decision, leaving clinics in the legally tenuous position of either destroying the embryos without clear authority to do so, or storing them indefinitely.