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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sperm is Property, According to Court in British Columbia

From Impact Ethics:

A recent family law case from British Columbia, J.C.M. v A.N.A., (here) illustrates some of the complexities involved in resolving these types of disputes, and highlights a key difference in the way the law treats gametes and embryos.


Ultimately, the court concluded that the sperm straws were “property” and ordered them to be divided between the two women in accordance with the separation agreement. The parties did not appeal the Court’s decision. In reaching its decision, the court found that the right to procreate was not engaged because A.N.A. would not be the biological or legal parent of any child conceived by T.L. from the sperm. The court refused to address the best interests of the existing or any future children.

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Here in Tulsa County Oklahoma we have yet to litigate that issue so that a ruling has been rendered by a higher court thus setting precedent.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyer Matt Ingham | Aug 25, 2013 7:31:19 PM

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