U.S. Supreme Court rejects Chicago man’s embryo battle against ex-girlfriend

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CHICAGO -- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Chicago resident Jacob Szafranski’s bid to prevent his former girlfriend, Karla Dunston, from having a child using embryos that the couple created together.

Dunston was diagnosed with Lymphoma four years ago when she had the embryos frozen, knowing chemotherapy would make her infertile.

Last summer, an Illinois appellate court gave Dunston custody of three frozen embryos, despite objections from Szafranski.

The couple had a verbal contract and signed a medical consent form with the fertility clinic, stating that the embryos couldn't be used without consent from both partners. The former couple did not have a written contract.

WGN reached out to the attorney for Jacob Szafranski but did not hear back from him.

The attorney for Dunston, Abram Moore, issued us a statement: "My client has no further statement and is just happy that her family planning affairs will now be conducted in private, as they should be."

To comment on this case, WGN spoke with Nidhi Desai, a lawyer who specializes in adoption and reproductive technology law. Check out her interview in the player above.


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