The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision reversed a district court ruling that granted benefits to the girl, who is now 8. The appeals court ruled Monday that she did not meet eligibility requirements under Iowa law.
An outdated Iowa law limited inheritance rights to a child who had a relationship with a person at the time of that person's death. A new state law that took effect in May grants inheritance rights to children conceived posthumously, but is not retroactive.
Bruce Beeler died of leukemia in 2001, and his wife Patti Beeler was later artificially inseminated with sperm the couple had decided to preserve.