Stephanie Lucas of Tucson, Arizona turned to crowdfunding site GoFundMe to raise money to extract the sperm from her brain-dead fiancé so she could have his baby. As reported by ABC 15, the man in question, Cameron Robinette, died in a motorcycle accident on Halloween and, to honor the man she had hoped to spend the rest of her life with, Stephanie hopes to be artificially inseminated with Cameron’s sperm to carry on his legacy.
Doctors would be able to extract the living sperm from Cameron’s body while he was on life support, but the procedure came with an upfront cost of well over $6,000. Lucas turned to GoFundMe with her story and not only raised the money needed, she doubled it, bringing her total to date to almost $14,000. In her request on GoFundMe, Lucas explained her goal of keeping Cameron’s spirit alive with her.
“In leu (sic) of flowers or gifts to honor Cameron, we’re asking you to make a donation to actually bring a part of Cameron, the amazing, handsome, silly, guy that I loved with my whole heart back to life!”
The campaign quickly raised $7,000 in the first hour it was live and doctors were able to extract Cameron’s sperm. The additional funds will be used for the fertility treatments and hospital bills. Stephanie Lucas hopes that she will soon be fertilized with Cameron’s sperm and can one day look, once again, into the eyes of the man she loved and had pledged to spend the rest of her life with.
While the use of a dead man’s sperm may seem unprecedented, a recent story out of Australia presented by Yahoo! News, highlights that officials down under have drawn up legislation to allow the sperm of men who have passed on to be collected for posthumous insemination if the man has given permission ahead of time. Abigail Rogers, a lawyer representing a woman seeking the sperm of a dead man, noted that the laws should be opened up for the controversial procedure and that women should have a claim on a man’s sperm, even though the man in the relationship is no longer among the living.
“Obviously there needs to be stringent guidelines but with appropriate counselling[sic] and the passing of time, women should have the ability to make the decision themselves.”
Of course, Australia also played host to the recent story, as reported in the Inquisitr, of the woman who fell in love with her sperm donor and later broke up with him. Under the new law, if that man happened to die, the woman would be able to extract his sperm without the messy relationship.
Do you think a woman should be able to collect a dead man’s sperm? Is this an appropriate use for crowdfunding? Sound off in the comments below.
[Images courtesy of Stephanie Lucas via GoFundMe.com and Fox News]