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Balancing rules in postmortem sperm donation
  1. Guido Pennings
  1. Philosophy, Universiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Dr Guido Pennings, Bioethics Institute Ghent, Universiteit Gent, Gent 9000, Belgium; guido.pennings{at}


Postmortem sperm donation implies the acceptance of a very low sperm quality threshold. This threshold has two important consequences: recipients will have to submit to burdensome and expensive in vitro fertilisation/intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and many more living donors will be accepted, thus making postmortem donors largely superfluous. Given these strong arguments against the use of postmortem collected sperm, a good alternative to enlarge the donor pool would be men who stored sperm for self-use and no longer have the intention to use it.

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

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  • Contributors GP provided the argument and wrote the paper.

  • 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.

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

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