Thursday, October 19, 2006

Life After Death

Modern science is very good at creating ethical dilemmas and genealogical puzzles. Dylan Campbell-Savours became a father last week 18 months after his death from Hodgkin's Disease, thanks to in vitro fertilization and a new UK law that recognizes posthumous parentage.

Legislation which only went through last year means that Dylan’s name will appear on the birth certificate - one of the first such instances where a mother can place the deceased father’s name on the document.

“It was very important that Dylan’s name should be on the birth certificate,” [his widow] Kathryn said. [Link]

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