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Postmortem non-directed sperm donation: quality matters
  1. Joshua Parker1,
  2. Nathan Hodson2
  1. 1 Department of Medicine, Wythenshawe Hospital Education and Research Centre, Manchester, UK
  2. 2 Division of Health Policy and Management, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Boston Massachusetts, MA, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joshua Parker, Medicine, Wythenshawe Hospital Education and Research Centre, Manchester M23 9LT, UK; joshua.parker{at}


In our paper ‘The ethical case for non-directed postmortem sperm donation’ we argued that it would be ethical for men to donate sperm after death for use by strangers. In their thoughtful response Fredrick and Ben Kroon lay out practical concerns regarding our proposal. They raise issues regarding the quality of sperm collected postmortem based on empirical studies. Second, they claim that concerns about quality would make women unlikely to use sperm collected after death. In this response we explore issues of sperm quality in both living and dead donors. We consider whether there might be ways to ensure quality in both. Finally, we question whether quality should be a barrier to women choosing to use sperm donated after death.

  • artificial insemination and surrogacy
  • cryobanking of sperm
  • ova or embryos
  • donation/procurement of organs/tissues
  • reproductive medicine

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  • Contributors Both authors contributed equally to the planning, writing and revising of this manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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