For four years, Rachel Cohen had been waiting for the chance to become a grandmother. But, what makes this story unusual, is that her son has been dead since 2002.
An Israeli court ruled that Cohen could use a sperm sample collected from her son, Keivin, despite his lack of a "biological will." Keivin, a soldier, was 20-years-old when he was shot dead by a sniper in Gaza.
The sperm has recently been inseminated into an Israeli woman, who was chosen by the Cohen family and a family charity. Rachel Cohen will just be the child's grandmother, while the child will be raised by his or her biological mother. READ MORE
Prior to this case, the only person under Israeli law that could ask permission for sperm samples from the deceased, was a spouse. Since Keivin wasn't married and had not prepared a biological will, the family introduced video recordings in court that expressed his desire to have children.
"This is an outrage. To bear a child without a father, intentionally, is not only irresponsible, but twisted. How will this be explained to the child? Her son's wish to have children was a living wish, but not one he asked for after he died. I would never want my child to have to live without me. I understand that there are a lot of children without parent(s) but how sad! Why purposely create a tragic situation? I am just appalled." —Stacy (St. Charles, MO)
In the absence of a surviving spouse and a specific will permitting such use, I think that the whole thing is disgusting and unethical. I guess that you don't even own your own sperm anymore." — Phil (Rensselaer, NY)
"While this seems highly unusual, for the sake of the living and even family name, I do not have a problem with this. However, like everything else in the world today, someone will find a way to profit from this in an unethical manner."— Wynona (Atlanta, GA)
"What in this world is wrong with this woman? Has she lost her mind? This is the most despicable thing a parent could ever do. The son is dead, accept it, go on with your life and do something conservative in his name." — Diana
"Yes, it definitely was ethical because she was his mother who brought him into the world." —Patrick