Wednesday, March 04, 2009

New York Court Refuses Parents' Claim to Dead Son's Sperm

Parents Denied Right to Dead Son's Sperm, from Law.com:

More than a decade after a fatally ill man deposited his sperm at a tissue bank, a New York appeals court has rebuffed the plea of his parents to use the sperm for conception of a grandchild, clearing the way for the destruction of the sample.

The panel held that Mark Speranza's parents' proposal to use their dead son's semen to artificially impregnate a surrogate would "fundamentally violate" state health regulations, which require sperm donors to be screened before their specimens are donated to the public.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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