The Biologist Eduardo Sanz from USA raises the following consultation:
Ownership of a sperm sample
I have an stimulating question for all the embryo mail folks. In the past few days we received a weird request in our IVF program. A young woman called requesting us to freeze her boyfriend sperm. She alleged that the only available sample was inside of her because she had intercourse with him two days ago, and he passed away after that. This bizarre request raises many doubts among the members of our group regarding the ownership of the sperm sample. The sample, of course, belongs to the man that produces it, but once inside of her, can she dispose of this sample at her will? Can she sign a consent form to freeze that sample to be used in any procedure in the future?