Appellate Court Upholds Ruling for Woman in Embryo Case - NBC Chicago

Appellate Court Upholds Ruling for Woman in Embryo Case

Jacob Szafranski's attorney, Brian Schroeder, said he plans to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court

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    Despite Ex's Objection, Court Gives Woman Frozen Embryos

    Jacob Szafranski says he and his ex-girlfriend had an oral contract that's being ignored, along with his rights, potentially forcing him to be a parent before he's ready. NBC Chicago's Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Friday, June 12, 2015)

    An Illinois appellate court on Friday sided with a Chicago woman seeking to use frozen embryos to have a child over the objection of her former boyfriend.

    The justices reaffirmed a lower court's May 2014 decision to grant Karla Dunston custody of three frozen embryos despite ex-boyfriend Jacob Szafranski's pleas against what he considers forced procreation.

    Karla Dunston was diagnosed with lymphoma four years ago. Knowing chemotherapy would make her infertile, she had the embryos frozen before treatment. Szafranski provided the sperm.

    The court found the couple entered an oral contract. According to court documents, the opinion also said the 43-year-old Dunston has a greater interest in the embryos' fate than the 33-year-old Szafranski because they are her "last and only opportunity to have a biological child."

    Judge Rules Against Man in Embryo Lawsuit

    [CHI] Judge Rules Against Man in Embryo Lawsuit
    It’s been 4 years since Jacob Szafranski agree to provide his sperm so his girlfriend, who was going through chemotherapy at the time, could freeze embryos. He changed his mind when they broke up a year later, and the two ended up in a court battle. Today a judge ruled in his ex-girlfriend’s favor. NBC 5’s Lauren Jiggetts spoke to him about the decision and what he plans to do next.
    (Published Friday, May 16, 2014)

    Szafranski's attorney, Brian Schroeder, said he plans to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.

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