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Woman asks to carry dead sister's baby

Woman asks to carry dead sister's baby

Published: 20 Mar 2013 16:37 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Mar 2013 16:37 GMT+01:00

While the will of the now-deceased sister requests a handover of the eggs, surrogate motherhood is outlawed in Sweden. As a result, the would-be mother decided to appeal to Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) to see if it would allow an exception.

"When, together with my parents, we buried our dear sister/daughter, we had one heartfelt wish - that I could carry my sister's baby and thereby keep her genetic heritage for posterity," the woman wrote to the Board, according to the Dagens Medicin newspaper.

The deceased woman's will states:

"I pass over all the ownership rights of these functioning eggs to my sister. It is my deepest wish that they will be used for invitro fertilization after my death," according to the paper.

Now, the sister is asking for permission to take the eggs to her home country, where surrogate mothering is legal.

Over a dozen European countries allow surrogate motherhood, and officials have made a recent push for an amendment to the laws.

The Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics (Statens medicinsk-etiska råd, SMER) published a report last month writing that it sees no problem in allowing surrogate motherhood and embryo donation, provided it's not for financial gain.

"The majority of the council even decided it would be ethically acceptable – under certain conditions - to use unfertilized eggs from deceased people," Lotta Eriksson, secretariat at the council, told The Local.

"While the Swedish law does not allow surrogate motherhood, it's not actually clear who 'owns' the eggs. The legal system is unclear, and it's up to the National Board of Health and Welfare".

Representatives from the Swedish Women Doctors Association and the Swedish Women's Lobby have strongly defended the law, however, arguing that surrogate motherhood is a serious crime against women's human rights.

When contacted by The Local, a spokesperson from the National Board of Health and Welfare indicated that the woman's request remains under review, but refused to comment further on the case.

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18:48 March 20, 2013 by AquamanUK
Any and ALL MODERN Nations of the 21st Century should amend birth certificates to state:

Egg source

mtDNA source

egg DNA source

sperm source

sperm DNA Source

and is person who was the 'living womb' during gestation.

Anything else, is a govt of the past and burying it's head in the sand on "MODERN STANDARDS of technology".

How saw and what a pathetic shame - SWEDEN (ONCE a proud and progressive nation of humans) now Acts likes as if it is 1903 and NOT 2013!
01:37 March 21, 2013 by Da Goat
Hmm.... seeing as they are sisters the genetics are the same if she just has a baby herself it will pass as mission successful

unless of course mother jumped the fence and they are only half sisters!
02:41 March 21, 2013 by docl
Sweden in a country that recognizes a woman's right to chose. If a woman can chose not to have a child, then she should be able to chose to have one.
17:00 March 21, 2013 by oksana rieznikova
The situation is really difficult. Everyone has the own truht ( both Sweden"s Law and this woman). From the physiology point of view she will be surrogate mother. As we know surrogate mother is only an incubator, that subsequently transfers a child to the real mother (this is the violation of woman"s rights). But the woman we are talking about will be the real mother initially (this is not the violation of her rights)....only if this process of surrogate bearing doesn not endanger her health..I think this situation needs some exception....
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