Monday 29 December 2014

Widow awaits verdict over late husband's sperm

Brian Farmer and Richard Vernalls

Published 01/02/2014 | 02:30

Warren: 'There is absolutely no way he wanted to limit my choices in this situation'. PA
Warren: 'There is absolutely no way he wanted to limit my choices in this situation'. PA

A widow is waiting to hear whether she has won a legal fight to preserve her late husband's sperm.

Physiotherapist Beth Warren (28), from Birmingham, today challenged a storage time limit imposed by a fertility regulator in the British High Court.

She said the limit meant that she had little over a year to conceive using sperm her husband Warren Brewer, who had cancer and died aged 32 nearly two years ago, had placed in storage.

Mrs Warren, who uses her late husband's first name as her surname, asked a High Court judge to rule that the sperm could stay in storage for a longer period.

Judge Mrs Justice Hogg heard evidence from Mrs Warren and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

She said she would deliver a ruling at a date to be fixed.

A lawyer representing the HFEA said officials sympathised with Mrs Warren, but Mr Brewer had not given written consent to his sperm being stored beyond April 2015.

A lawyer representing Mrs Warren said the authority was taking an "excessively linguistic and technical approach" and suggested that every option had not been made clear to Mr Brewer.

Jenni Richards QC said Mr Brewer had wanted to ensure that his sperm could be used by his wife after his death and had made his intentions clear.

Mrs Warren told the court: "I am sure there is absolutely no way he wanted to limit my choices in this situation."

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