This dead soldier is going to be a daddy - 2 years past the date of his death thanks to artificial insemination. The kicker is, he wasn't married,
and the recepient will be chosen by his parents.
In a precedent-setting decision, an Israeli court has ruled that a dead soldier's family can have his sperm impregnated into the body of a woman he
Keivan Cohen, 20, was shot dead in 2002 by a Palestinian sniper in the Gaza Strip. He was single and left no will. But at the urging of his parents, a
sample of his sperm was taken two hours after his death and has been stored in a hospital since.
When the family tried to gain access to the sperm, however, the hospital refused, on the ground that only a spouse could make such a request. Arguing
that their son yearned to raise a family, his parents challenged that decision in court. And on Jan. 15, after a four-year legal battle, a Tel Aviv
court granted the family's wish and ruled that the sperm could be injected into a woman selected by Cohen's family.
Holy crap, what a strange night in the news. :shk:
I think it's both awesome and terrifying, the potential for this precedent.
On the one hand, parents/guardians of folks who die before getting a chance to have children, will be able to perpetuate their legacy. This, in and
of itself, could be a very bad thing, or a very good thing, depending on the circumstances, and how you look at it. Kinda throws a monkey wrench in
natural selection, if death doesn't prevent breeding.
On the other hand, this is setting precedent for legal guardians
to collect, store, and potentially use sperm from dead soldiers. What about
the cases where the government is the legal guardian of the soldier? If they have no other family, can the government take sperm from their corpse,
inseminate some random woman, and raise the baby (perhaps groomed for the military)?
I can see this being such a godsend for some, but of course the potential for the misuse of technology usually scales according to its power to do
good. Seeing as this technology is powerful enough to do a lot of good, I suspect it has the potential to create huge problems.
What if the language were refined to restrict such practices to parents or immediate blood relatives and spouses - then the technology could only be
used by individuals trying to perpetuate their lineage, and not by any organization simply interested in harvesting soldiers/babies/organs.
Don't laugh, babies are worth a lot of money!
Anyway, I'm not against the technology simply because it could be misused, I'm simply wary of embracing it withtout safeguards in place to prevent
Even with the potential for gross misuse, I'm really digging the potential for this tech. Why stop at soldiers, why not construction workers, cops,
cab drivers, convenience store employees, firemen, any profession with a high mortality rate?
What would a system like that do, in terms of altering the behaviors of people? Would soldiers fight with fewer qualms if they knew they were going
to father children after death? Would more people commit suicide?
Bizarre news night, is all I have to say. It really gets the old coconut steaming.
Say what you will about the age in which we live, it's nothing if not interesting.