July 1, 2022

Widow fights to use her husband’s frozen sperm

A Melbourne woman is fighting to use her husband’s sperm which has been frozen for seven years after he died in a motorcycle accident. The woman, known only as AB, won a legal battle to have his semen removed and stored in 1998. AB and her husband had been married for 10 years before his death. Now she is 36 and wants to bear his child before she becomes infertile. However, the Victorian government argues that there is no evidence that her husband had consented to such a procedure. “One could not presume from marriage or duration of marriage that meant consent,” said a lawyer for the Victorian Attorney-General.