Dead man to father a child

James Risdon | July 13, 2018 |

Court gives girlfriend ownership of sperm

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – A dead Australian man’s sperm can be used by his former girlfriend to make a baby even though he never consented to that before committing suicide two years ago.

After living with Ayla Cresswell for about three years, Joshua Davies killed himself.

Since the couple had been planning to get married and have children, she immediately sought and obtained, with the support of his family, a court order to remove his sperm and reproductive tissues.

That sperm then became Cresswell’s property, Supreme Court of Queensland Justice Susan Brown ruled last month.

“Once the sperm was separated from the body of Joshua Davies, it was property capable of permanent possession given that its removal, separation and preservation was the result of the lawful exercise of work and skill,” Brown wrote in her decision. Read more.

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...and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind ... the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind ...the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1


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