Men in Britain should be able to donate their sperm after death, according to ethicists who argue that posthumous contributions would help infertile couples and relieve the pressure on living donors. The shortage of sperm donors in the UK has led to at least 7, samples being imported each year, primarily from Denmark and the US, to keep up with the demand from fertility clinics. Under the new proposal published in the Journal of Medical Ethics , men would be allowed to give consent for their sperm to be extracted when they die and then used to help couples have families. On the technical side, there are two procedures that may prove unappealing in life. One requires the insertion of a rectal probe that electrocutes the prostate to stimulate ejaculation.
Sperm donation to strangers after death should be allowed in the UK, say ethicists
UK Men May Be Able to Donate Sperm After Death, Just Like Other Organs
Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. In some cases, people have their sperm or eggs harvested or frozen, perhaps before a cancer treatment, or as part of fertility treatments. In the event of their death — with prior consent — their partner might use the frozen samples to create a child. This week, the Journal of Medical Ethics published a paper arguing that a man should also be able to indicate that he wishes his sperm to be harvested after his death, and put into a sperm bank for use by anyone, just like he might consent to his organs being donated.
Life after death: Should dead men become sperm donors?
Men in the UK should be allowed to voluntarily donate their sperm after death, if they want to, argue ethicists in an analysis published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Not only is it technically feasible, but it is also "morally permissible" to plug the gap in supply and growing demand for donated sperm, say the authors, who call for sperm to be added to the list of human tissue that can be donated after death. Infertility is not life-threatening, agree the authors. But they insist: "If it is morally acceptable that individuals can donate their tissues to relieve the suffering of others in 'life enhancing transplants' for diseases, we see no reason this cannot be extended to other forms of suffering like infertility, which may or may not also be considered a disease," they write.
CNN Sperm donations from dead men is "ethically permissible," say doctors seeking to tackle the shortage of living donors in the UK. Doctors have proposed that men should be able to register their desire to donate their sperm after death. A study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics Monday proposed that men should be able to "register their desire to donate their sperm after death for use by strangers. Such a procedure would be similar to organ donation, authors Dr.