Life after Death: A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children
Progress Educational Trust
Lecture Theatre 4, Arts Tower, University of Sheffield, 12 Bolsover Street, Sheffield S3 7NA
24 October 2017 - 6pm (drinks reception), 6.30pm-8pm (discussion)
20 years ago, widow Diane Blood won the legal right to conceive a child using the sperm of her deceased husband Stephen Blood. This free-to-attend public event in Sheffield, produced by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in partnership with the University of Sheffield, with the support of the Wellcome Trust - will reunite some of the people at the centre of this landmark legal case, including Diane herself and her son Liam.
Two decades on from Diane's legal victory the speaker panel will look back on personal, legal, medical and ethical aspects of the case. They will also consider the impact of the case on others who have sought to use a person's sperm, egg or embryo to conceive a child after that person has died. Why do such scenarios still lead to legal difficulties and provoke public debate, in the UK and elsewhere?
Besides Diane and Liam, the speaker panel will also include Professor Ian Cooke (an obstetrician and gynaecologist involved in Diane's care) and Michael Fordham QC (a key member of Diane's legal team). The discussion will be chaired by PET Trustee Professor Allan Pacey.
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