UK Military Wives Freezing Husbands' Sperm

More women planning for kids should husbands die in combat
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2008 7:35 PM CST
Growing numbers of wives of British soldiers are requesting to have their husbands' sperm frozen before they are deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq so they can still have children if their loved ones are...   (Index Stock)
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(Newser) – More UK military wives are freezing their husbands' sperm before the men serve in the Middle East. One London fertility clinic expected interest from soldiers but was surprised by the "wives and girlfriends who want to have children should anything happen," a spokesman said. But servicemen must give consent before sperm storage, experts say, due to the high divorce rate among soldiers.

Military couples haven't planned for death in the past, according to a war widows group spokeswoman. "Certainly, soldiers don't think they are not going to survive and as a result often don't make very good provision, such as making a will," she said. But UK fertility clinics may be humming as Britain plans to send 1,000 troops to join NATO's Kosovo Force, the Guardian reports.