Lawyer Olena Babich shared on social networks the story of a soldier’s widow who wanted to give birth to a child from her dead husband. Before the man went to the front, he submitted his sperm for cryopreservation and issued all the necessary documents.
However, the widow, who had a power of attorney to dispose of her husband’s biological material, was denied artificial insemination. “Recently, our legislators were so concerned about the financial component of cryopreservation of the biological material of military personnel that they adopted a law that… prohibited the use of the sperm of a military man after his death (!). Starting in March, clinics will be obliged to dispose of it,” the lawyer explained.
After amendment number 75 gained publicity, arguments appeared that “the law was not read that way” and it is not about disposal, but about the transition to other financing.
This story caused serious public publicity and discussion.
This episode of the podcast was recorded a few days before, after active discussions, on February 7, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in its entirety draft law 10448, which allows the storage and use of frozen reproductive cells of fallen military personnel.
From now on, in case of death, the reproductive cells of a soldier will be stored free of charge in a cryobank for three years. If necessary, this term can be extended by a trustee.
We asked the embryologist to explain his view on the previous version of the draft law, as well as the possible prospects and importance of reproductive policy Olga Malyuta.
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