Postmortem sperm procurement

Issues regarding the legitimacy and inheritance rights of the conceptus will most consistently be addressed when explicitly provided for in the will of the decedent. Cookies are used by this site. The decedent must be competent and of majority age. Materials and Methods Structured telephone interviews were conducted with personnel at assisted reproductive facilities in the United States and Canada. Scenario in Various Developing Countries.

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Sperm Retrieval: Mother Creates Life After Death

This paper compares standard conceptions of consent with the conception of consent defended by Kelton Tremellen and Julian Savulescu in their attempt to re-orient the ethical debate around posthumous sperm procurement and conception, as published in Reproductive BioMedicine Online in For example, if an infant were born with a debilitating, painful, and fatal genetic disease it might be reasonable to make such a statement. Advances in the fertility industry have allowed wives, fiances, girlfriends and even parents to seek post-mortem sperm retrieval when a man dies unexpectedly. Urologists must focus on the express intent of the decedent and limit any postmortem sperm retrieval to the specific requests made by the decedent. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.


Sperm retrieval following death or PVS is not a medically necessary procedure. Another milestone case was the Parpalaix case in France, where as a result the French Center for the Study and Preservation of Human Sperm petitioned the courts for a full ban on posthumous insemination [ 5 ]. In , Israeli Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein published several guidelines outlining the legal situation of posthumous sperm retrieval for the purpose of later insemination by a surviving female partner. American attitudes in context: Retrieved June 28, On the basis of this point of view, we would have at least had an argument to procure and preserve sperm as was also suggested by the wife of the patient in the case described by Moser [ 11 ]. The committee's conclusion was that legally there was no significant objection to performing the procedure if that was what the wife wanted, and that sperm retrieval apparently would not conflict with the religious beliefs of any of the parties involved.
Is posthumous semen retrieval ethically permissible? Although we do agree that the interest of the child always should be guarded, the fact is that there is no clear evidence available that a child raised in a loving but different system than a mother—father system is less happy, stable, or successful than any other child [ 20 ]. According to Shefi et al. With family present, hospital staff then turned off the respirator. Nikolas, initially left in the middle of the road, died 10 days later of a subdural hematoma.

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