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Bonnie Rochman writes in Time Healthland about the using the sperm of dead men to conceive. She points to one example in Israel where grieving grandparents petitioned a court to allow them to use their dead son’s sperm to conceive a grandchild. Rochman writes that 27-year-old Ohad Ben-Yaakov wasn’t married or in a committed relationship. But his parents, Mali and Dudi Ben-Yaakov, had his sperm extracted and are waiting for a ruling from the country’s attorney general to find out whether they can use IVF to impregnate a surrogate with his child. ‘If we were entitled to donate the organs of our son why are we not entitled to make use of his sperm in order to bring offspring to the world?’ they asked in Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper.”
“In 2003, it [Israel] codified guidelines surrounding posthumous reproduction that allow a spouse or partner to use a dead man’s sperm unless he had specified that was unacceptable.”
Should presumed consent be allowed – unless a man has stated that he does not wish to be a father after death? And, is there any difference between organ donation and sperm donation?
What do you think? Should men father children after they’re dead?