Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science and Law
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Jack Baldwin LeClair
Andrew T. Fede
Frozen human embryos -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States, Biotechnology -- Political aspects
This thesis explores the issue of the unknown legal status of frozen embryos in the United States. With an examination of the issue through the discipline of law, it becomes evident that the lack of legislation and guidance on the issue has left it a matter up to the states, rather than the federal government. Central to the issue is the history and laws of abortion in the United States that can help provide precedent. The thesis examines embryos in light of property law, contract law, and family law. Also included is a review of embryos through a second discipline of political science. This allows for an in depth review of embryos as they relate to political parties. The thesis defines and examines relative sub-topics such as “culture war” and the new field of human biotechnology. The culture changes and hesitancy of government regulation provides a better understanding of embryos according to society. The thesis then relates both disciplines together, finding correlations where both disciplines highlight similar findings, such as a lack of policy. The thesis suggests a federal statute to help provide a clear definition of an embryo and a more government regulated field of biotechnology to control the process of freezing embryos.
Koboska, Caroline, "Embryo Litigation : The Legal Categorization of Embryos as Protected Humans or Property" (2019). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 282.