In British Columbia, there might be some good news for a man’s legal right to self determination in reproduction. On January 6, 2015 the BC Court of Appeal determined that human sperm is private property. The decision followed a long standing class action suit against the University of BC. Justice Chiasson stated that (frozen) sperm is legal property for the purposes of the province of British Columbia’s Warehouse Receipt Act [WRA].
The suit against UBC alleged that a freezer storing the semen of a number of male cancer patients suffered a power interruption, causing the stored samples to spoil, or to be destroyed. The judgement in this case is that these men owned their own semen and that, in law, it was their property.
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