artificial insemination after death?
January 7, 2011 8:27 AM Subscribe
Is it legally and medically possible to set up something in a living will so that the surviving spouse can harvest eggs/sperm from the comatose spouse in order to (potentially) produce a child later? Plus bonus living will questions inside.
(Anonymous due to the personal nature of the question.)
My husband and I are setting up wills and medical directives. If he dies or is injured to the point of being in a coma, etc., he would like me to be able to get sperm from him in order to try to artificially inseminate myself someday, and vice versa, if I am injured/killed, I would like him to have the option of getting eggs from me. Is that possible? If it is, is there a term for this or standard legal language? We don't know how to broach the subject with our attorney without sounding like weirdos or idiots (which I know is silly, but it's true).
In case it's relevant, we are both in our 30s and do not have any children yet. We are in the state of Mississippi, but we won't be here forever so are looking for universal (or at least all-USA) information. I'd appreciate answers relevant to the legal and medical aspects as opposed to opinions/judgments about whether it would be wise to produce a child with a dead person's DNA. We already know we would at least like to have that option available.
The bonus questions: first, about selecting a primary care physician to be named on the medical directive. We do not have a primary doctor, nor do we expect to have one any time soon (we have no health insurance). How big an issue is this in setting up medical directives? Is there a way around it?
Two: Without insurance, how totally screwed would we be if one of us ended up in a coma/vegetative state and wanted to be kept alive?
Thanks so much for your help, and please feel free to use firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope I've included all the needed info, but if not, please email.