Woman fights over dead husband's sperm

Oct. 8, 2008 at 10:50 AM
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LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A British woman faces a landmark legal battle over her dead husband's sperm after a ruling it may have been illegally removed from his body.

A family judge in Preston said he wasn't satisfied that it is possible to lawfully take sperm from a dead person who hadn't given prior consent.

The 42-year-old woman won court permission to have the sperm removed from her husband's body just hours after he died from complications of a routine appendectomy.

The woman, whose name is being withheld, told the court she and her husband had discussed having another child.

She charges her human rights are being violated by not being allowed to do so.

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