June 1, 2016
(Quartz) – Europe is in the throes of a debate about the movement of people across its borders. Then there’s the less-discussed question of the cross-border transit of sperm. In several countries—including France, Germany, Sweden, and Canada—it’s illegal to use a man’s sperm after he dies to conceive a child. But today France’s Conseil d’État (Council of State) ruled in favor of exporting a dead man’s frozen sperm to Spain so that his widow could use it there for in-vitro fertilization. The woman’s lawyers called it an “extraordinary and unprecedented” decision (link in French.)
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