IVF is growing in popularity for women who don’t want babies until later in life. But as more are finding out, it isn’t a guarantee. With comments from our Ruth Faden.

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The judge, state Supreme Court Justice John Colangelo, in March ordered that a hospital retrieve the sperm from 21-year-old Peter Zhu before he was taken off life support, following a request from his parents

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It’s a nightmare scenario straight out of a primetime drama: a child-seeking couple visits a fertility clinic to try their luck with in-vitro fertilization, only to wind up accidentally impregnated by the wrong sperm

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Fifteen months ago in California, a surrogate mother gave birth to twin boys. The babies were the sons of a gay Italian couple who had used in vitro fertilization to have children. But when the two men returned to Milan with their newborns, a clerk at the registry office refused to transcribe the babies’ birth certificates, barring the men from registering the boys as their legal children

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But the procedure remains highly controversial. Critics worry about the risks it poses to women who are desperate to have children. “I don’t think you can find people more vulnerable than those who wish to become parents and can’t,” says Michelle Goodwin, a bioethicist at the University of California, Irvine

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Dead Man’s Sperm

April 26, 2016

What drives the partners of men who have died to try and have their babies? Mosaic’s Jenny Morber delves into the legally and ethically fraught world of post-mortem sperm donation.

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When Angela Collins and her partner wanted to have a child, they reached out to a sperm bank in Georgia to look for potential donors. They thought they had found the perfect match in Donor 9623, described as a man with an I.Q. of 160 who was healthy and working toward his PhD

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My sister has told me that her son is not the biological son of her husband. His sperm count was very low; she was having an affair and became pregnant. Her son (middle-aged) doesn’t know, and her husband (now divorced) doesn’t, either. Recently, my sister told the other man, asking him not to tell anyone. Now he knows he has a son and a grandchild

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