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Maryland Legislation Would Set Rules for Frozen Eggs, Sperm
If you wanted to use your late husband's frozen sperm to have a baby, you would need his written permission under legislation that appears poised for approval in the Maryland General Assembly. The House and Senate have both passed bills that would make it illegal to use a dead person's preserved genetic material to reproduce without the notarized, written agreement of the donor. The question of how the law should treat children conceived after a parent's death has sowed confusion in courts and legislatures since the practice of in-vitro fertilization achieved its first successes in the late 1970s.