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Portuguese president vetoes law on postmortem insemination

Portuguese president vetoes law on postmortem insemination

Lisboa, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa vetoed a law that would allow insemination of a dead couple, a decision that is currently generating a debate on the right to inheritance.
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De Sousa sent the law back to the Assembly of the Republic (Parliament), where it had been approved almost a month ago, so that legislators review the text and correct matters on inheritance law which have not been stipulated in the bill, the presidency said in a statement.

The bill stipulates that a woman can be inseminated with her dead partner’s genetic material as long as there were an established paternity desire. The violation of that requirement would lead to up to two years of imprisonment.

The bill also stipulates that the assisted pregnancy process must be carried out within six months to three years after death, with prior consent given when the person was alive.

The baby would be the posthumous child of the deceased, unless the mother found a new partner, and he is registered as the father.

In Europe, that technique is allowed in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Greece.


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