It’s OK for dead men to donate their sperm, according to medical ethics study

It’s OK for dead men to donate their sperm, according to medical ethics study

Sperm donation after death could help the donor shortage in the U.K. (Photo: Getty Images)

A new study argues that men should be allowed to donate sperm to strangers after their death.

Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, which regulates fertility clinics in the U.K., did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. A spokesperson told CNN that donors must be medically screened, counseled and give consent. “None of these requirements could be satisfied if donation was only undertaken after death. Essentially, this means that harvesting sperm from a donor after death is currently illegal,” the spokesperson said.’ data-reactid=”30″>A spokesperson from the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, which regulates fertility clinics in the U.K., did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. A spokesperson told CNN that donors must be medically screened, counseled and give consent. “None of these requirements could be satisfied if donation was only undertaken after death. Essentially, this means that harvesting sperm from a donor after death is currently illegal,” the spokesperson said.

Some might feel that using sperm from a dead person is disturbing, a notion acknowledged by Parker. “But we don’t decide what’s right or wrong based on that gut reaction,” he tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Medical ethics are determined by reason, argument and evidence — not whether we feel sick about it.”

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