Mary Doe is a human embryo preserved in liquid nitrogen, in an unnamed in vitro fertilization clinic. Mary Doe’s name was given by an organization dedicated to advocating for equal humanity and personhood of pre-born children, including “children in vitro.” In response to President Clinton’s policy favoring embryonic stem cell [hereinafter ES- cell] research, the organization filed suit on behalf of Mary Doe, and all other frozen human embryos similarly situated, seeking a permanent injunction against any and all plans to undertake human ES-cell experimentation.
Yi-Chen Su & Albert W. Chan,
Mary Doe’s Destiny: How The United States Has Banned Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research In The Absence Of A Direct Prohibition,
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