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Government reviews law on “posthumous conceptions”

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 04 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:831
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Last week, eight months after Diane Blood won the go ahead to use her dead husband's sperm to try to conceive his baby, the government reached the first stage in its review of the law on “posthumous conceptions” (conceptions created after the death of one of the parents).

    The 78 page consultation document, produced by Sheila McLean, professor of law and ethics in medicine at Glasgow University, shows that the task will be harder than those who called for a change had probably envisaged.

    Mrs Blood persuaded doctors to remove sperm from her husband, Stephen, as he lay in a …

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