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Okay, I saw this story on the local news last night, and thought it would make for a great Afternoon Inquisition discussion:
An unmarriedÂ young man in Austin, Texas was brutally beaten outside of a bar, and died from injuries sustained during the assault. His mother, obviously grief-stricken, got a doctor to collect her son’s sperm, postmortem. The mother is now going to use an anonymous egg donor and his sperm to make herself some grand-kids.
There is no indication that the deceased young man wanted his surviving family members to do this sort of thing in the event of an untimely death, other than his mother’s insistence that “he talked frequently about wanting three boys”.
Of course, most people who want children, want them so they themselves can participate in raising them, and so they themselves can enjoy the highs and lows of parenthood. This young man obviously won’t benefit from any of that.
This quote from the guy’s mother seems telling to me:
I think it helps me and my other son and my family, too â€” to know this is a huge possibility for us, and to keep him forever.
But what do you think?
Is this particular case simply a manifestation of grief? Should surviving family members engage in such a practice, if there is no surviving spouse or stipulation in a will? And what are your thoughts on the hundreds of women who volunteered to be egg donors?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.