Life After Death
by maximecorbeil on September 20, 2013 - 11:46pm
The advances in technology have made possible impressive things during the last century. The article "Making Babies after Death: It’s Possible, but Is It Ethical?" by Bahar Gholipour testifies of the well-known technology that allows doctors to sample sperm from a death man. That action is called postmortem sperm retrieval (PMR). The sperm of the dead can then be used to fertilize a woman’s egg. I found interest in that article because I have always wanted at least three kids. Raising my family will be one of the most important project of my life.
When I read the title of the article, a question came up to my mind and it probably happened to you too. Knowing that it is possible to conceive a child after your death, would you use postmortem sperm retrieval to do it?
For me, postmortem sperm retrieval would not even be an option. Since my youth, family is the value that guides my desire to have children: I want to see them grow, to spend time playing with them and to teach them all sorts of things. I hope I’ll be able to give them my passion for sport and see them score their first goal. Basically, my wish and my motivation are to raise a happy family and share this happiness with the woman that I’ll love. If I die and my sperm is used afterwards, this dream will have been taken away from me: my family would have never been complete. I don’t want my kids to be born without a father. My kids must live in a complete and stable family. I want them to be able to say in the schoolyard that their father is the strongest, just like other kids do. I also don’t want to put the woman of my life in a constant struggle trying to feed and meet the needs of our children. For all those reasons that partake in the concept of family I cherish, I would not consider using postmortem sperm retrieval to have a child after my death.
For others, the answer, without any hesitation, would be yes. Some have a different view of family than I do and see PMR has a way to continue their lineage. If they die accidentally before having the opportunity to conceive a child, using PMR is the only option that will save their family lineage. In addition, if one is an only child, he is the last person that can continue the family. Also, some would argue that it is simply worth giving life to your child even if you are not there to see it. The child will still grow, but with only one parent. It is in the kid’s best interest to live, even if he has been fathered by a dead man. In fact, many kids are born with one parent, for many different reason, and they still manage to live a happy life.
This text has been written from a male point of view. Being a woman, would you want to be pregnant of a dead man?