Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Widow fights for sperm to be kept

Beth Warren is trying to stop her late husband's sperm being destroyed

A young widow has launched a High Court fight to preserve her late husband's sperm.

Beth Warren, from Birmingham, is challenging a storage time limit imposed by the UK fertility regulator.

She says the limit means that she has until April 2015 to conceive using the sample her husband Warren Brewer, who died aged 32 nearly two years ago after developing a brain tumour, placed in storage.

She is asking a High Court judge to rule that the sperm can stay in storage beyond that limit.

A lawyer began outlining the case to Mrs Justice Hogg at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London today .

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has said it has ''no discretion to extend the storage period beyond that to which her husband gave written consent''.

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