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Journal of Medical Ethics 30 (4):384-388 (2004)
The Brisbane Supreme Court has denied an Australian woman’s request to harvest and freeze her dead fiancé’s sperm for future impregnation. After she was denied access to the sperm, the woman learnt that her fiancé may have been a sperm donor and she began checking to find out if his sperm was still available. Given what we know, there is a good ethical argument that the woman should have access to the sperm and should be allowed to have her dead fiancé’s child.Another aspect of this case is that it illustrates the way in which ethics, law, and personal opinion can differ
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