Human embryo, Fertility, Zygote

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San Francisco Fertility Clinic Facing Another Lawsuit

Jenna Lane
March 16, 2018 - 10:38 am

For the second time in a week, a fertility clinic in San Francisco faces a class action suit over the potential destruction of thousands of frozen eggs and embryos. KCBS Radio's Jenna Lane reports the cases stem from a storage tank malfunction discovered earlier this month.

In the latest case seeking class action status in federal court, a Sacramento couple claims that the eight embryos they'd been storing at Pacific Fertility Center for three years and plan to try using next month are destroyed.

"This is not a process by which everything is made okay by having a do over." Attorney Adam Wolfe said. "The embryos are absolutely irreplaceable. He says they were among the few patients of the clinic who actually know the fate of their embryos.

"What we do know is that there have been embryos lost and the only way that Pacific has told people to deal with this is to run in and thaw their embryos or eggs before they are ready to. In other words, Pacific is force people into an untenable position.

Pacific Fertility Center has not responded to KCBS Radio's request for comment on the legal action. In a letter to some 400 patients, clinic staff called the storage tank incident "very unfortunate".