Widow wins right to extend storage of dead husband’s sperm

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 07 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2025
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A 28 year old widow has won a High Court battle for the right to keep her dead husband’s sperm frozen so that she can try to conceive if and when she deems the time to be right.

Beth Warren, a physiotherapist from Birmingham, took legal action against the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which argued that there was no power to continue storage past April 2015, 10 years from when her husband first gave written consent. The deadline would give her just …

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