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Thursday, January 18, 2007

From Grave to Cradle

Science and law have again conspired to make the job of future genealogists harder. Rachel Cohen has received permission from an Israeli court to use her late son's semen to impregnate a woman he never met.

Mrs Cohen said that she was guided in her decision by her dead son. “An hour after being told he had been killed I took his picture and started talking to him. I asked him, ‘Where are all the children you wanted?’ then looked at the picture and heard him saying, ‘Mum, it’s not too late. There is something you can take from me’.

“Then it came to me — ‘Your sperm, that’s what you want me to take from you’. Right there, I asked the officers who came to visit to make sure his sperm be kept.” [Link]

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