23 May '11, 6am

Australian woman wins right to use the sperm of her dead husband for IVF

SYDNEY - AN AUSTRALIAN woman on Monday won a court battle to use her dead husband's sperm to have a baby in a landmark case in New South Wales, where IVF treatment is banned without consent of the donor. Jocelyn Edwards, 40, and husband Mark had discussed fertility treatment after she failed to fall pregnant and they were due to sign in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) consent forms on August 6 last year. However, the husband died in a workplace accident the day before. His sperm was collected after his death and his widow has been fighting since then to win control over it. New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Robert Hulme said there was only two conclusions he could reach - either destroy the sperm or give it to Mrs Edwards, and he found in her favour as the administrator of her late husband's estate. However, she cannot have the sperm inseminated in New South Wales, where IVF...

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