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Ontario court’s upholding of an embryo as ‘property’ could impact future disputes, lawyer says

Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 11:57 AM | By Terry Davidson

An Ontario court awarding a woman an embryo as her “property” will add “another layer of complexity” to future cases involving consent contracts and their place in couples’ disputes over the ownership of such reproductive material, a lawyer says.

The July 25 Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in S.H. v. D.H. 2018 ONSC 4506 involves a divorced couple fighting over what is to come of an embryo created for them, but one to which they are not biologically connected.

In the end, the court found that...