In this article Professor Charles P. Kindregan, Jr., of the Suffolk University Law School examines the law applicable to using sperm and eggs from deceased people to “create” children after death. The author examines
the difficult legal problems created by the growing practice of using the cryopreserved gametes of deceased persons to conceive a posthumous child. The law has long recognized the legal parental status of a man whose fetus is in utero in his wife’s pregnancy at the time of the father’s death, but developments in reproductive science has now made it possible to conceive a child after either a parents’ death. This has been made more complicated by the use of assisted reproduction by unmarried persons, its growing use by same-sex couples and the developing marketplace for stored sperm, eggs and embryos. The science of preserving sperm or embryos.