4-18-12: When Is It Okay to Conceive…Posthumously?
Though in vitro fertilization has been around since the 1970s, much of the law surrounding the practice remains unclear. Senator Delores Kelley, a Democrat who represents Baltimore County, has championed a bill that would require written permission to use a deceased person’s sperm or eggs to conceive a child (when the donor is known–this wouldn’t affect ).
This bill would also affect whether a child could inherit. If a child is conceived within two years of a parent’s death, the new legislation would entitle that child to inheritance.
The General Assembly passed a version of the bill that was proposed in the House (House Bill 101) by Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk, Democrat of Prince Georges and Anne Arundel Counties. It’s now one of hundreds of bills being reviewed by the Governor.
Sheilah talks about the bill with Maggie Davis. She’s Notes and Comments Editor for the“Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, published by the University of Maryland law school. She has a Master’s in bioethics, with a specialty in reproductive issues.