On Monday the Israeli High Court of Justice made an interesting decision regarding a reproductive technology case.
Galit, “a 39-year-old single mother with a three-year-old daughter conceived through a sperm donation” will no longer be able to use the sperm samples she purchased from the donor who shares genes with her daughter.
The hasty ruling seems to reward the sperm donor for his sudden decision to become religious and change his mind (and “lifestyle”). Frankly, I find it shocking that “the court found the donor’s right to change his mind after making the donation [as taking] precedence over the recipient’s right to use the sperm in order to give birth to biological siblings for her daughter.”
Luckily, the article does report that “Galit will seek rehearing in front of a larger panel of the High Court soon, so perhaps this is not the end of the litigation.”
To read more commentary about this case, visit: Harvard University’s Bill of Health blog