After years of an intense legal battle, a grieving mother has been given permission to carry her dead daughter’s baby to term. And she has crossed a very contentious line.
A 60-year-old woman in the UK has won a court appeal to fertilise the frozen eggs of her deceased daughter, and carry her daughter’s baby – her grandchild – to term.
The decision comes following the death of the woman’s daughter from bowel cancer in 2011. She was just 28.
Her mother was denied access to her daughter’s eggs by the high court last year, when the UK’s regulating body the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority proved there was no written consent from the daughter to release the eggs.
Now, a team of lawyers has convinced the Court of Appeals in London, before a panel of three judges, that “all available evidence” points to the daughter’s approval of the plan.
It was reportedly her wish that her mother “bear her child” after her death.
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The idea now, is for the mother to take her daughter’s eggs to a clinic in New York, where they will be fertilised with donor sperm.
The 60-year-old woman will then carry the baby to term, and raise the grandchild-come-daughter as her own.
Is this taking fertility and reproductive technology too far?
It’s certainly setting a difficult (dangerous?) precedent in a number of ways.
First, there’s the prickly, unsettling, not-quite-sure-what-to-think-of-it issue of using the eggs (or sperm for that matter) of deceased people.