What Do You Think About Postmortem Sperm Donation?

January 29, 2020

As the United Kingdom faces an apparent shortage of donated sperm for assisted reproduction, two doctors writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics argue that allowing postmortem sperm donation is the answer.

"It is both feasible and morally permissible for men to volunteer their sperm to be donated to strangers after death in order to ensure sufficient quantities of sperm with desired qualities," the doctors write.

Some fertility experts disagree. "The practicalities of posthumous sperm extraction and its use does not concern me, as these are fairly routine techniques," said Allan Pacey, PhD, professor of andrology at the University of Sheffield. "But I do feel very uncomfortable with the idea."

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