Debate over baby born of dead dad
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The moment she came to the world, she made history. R is the first baby born in Israel as a result of the desire of a couple to become grandparents by using the frozen sperm of their son, a single 30-year-old at the time of his death. Although welcomed enthusiastically by most Israelis, the birth has also raised questions.
The couple, who have asked to remain anonymous, turned to Irit Rosenblum, the founder and chief executive officer of New Family, an Israeli organisation which campaigns for the universal human right to marry or have children, regardless of religion, gender, nationality or sexual orientation. The couple then found A, who was looking to become a single mother, and Baby R was born in May.
But there have only been about 10 cases in the country so far of babies conceived using the frozen semen of dead men. It all began 15 years ago, when a soldier entered Rosenblum’s law office and told her an injury he sustained in the army had made him sterile.
Rosenblum said: “In the beginning, I didn’t think about death.
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