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Widow wins sperm battle



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MELBOURNE, Dec 20, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- An Australian woman has won the right to use her dead husband's sperm to have a baby, following a 7-year legal battle.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Tuesday approved transferring the sperm to Sydney IVF, the first time a regulatory body has approved moving sperm from the state of Victoria. Posthumous insemination is illegal in Victoria although it is legal in the Australian Capital Territory.

The 36-year-old woman is identified in court papers only as YZ. Her lawyer, Carmen Currie, told The Age her client is looking forward to beginning treatments as soon as possible.

YZ's husband was killed in a traffic accident in Victoria; she lives in the capital area. The sperm has been in frozen storage at Melbourne's Royal Women's Hospital, The Age said.

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Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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