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Florida Probate Blog

Posts Tagged: reproductive material

What happens to frozen sperm after the donor’s death?

Written by on Mar 6, 2009| Posted in: General

Joseph and Iris Kievernagel were married for ten years and then decided to have a child using in vitro fertilization (“IVF”). After the fertility center inseminated Iris with Joseph’s sperm, it also froze a sample of his sperm as in case there was a need for it in the future. Joseph signed an agreement indicating his choice to have the frozen sperm discarded upon his death instead of authorizing its release to Iris. After Joseph was killed in a tragic helicopter accident, Iris petitioned the probate court for an order to require the fertitlity clinic to hand over Joseph’s sperm.

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