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BRITISH WOMAN LOSES FIGHT TO HAVE BABY THROUGH USE OF DEAD HUSBAND'S SPERM

A young British widow lost her battle Thursday to have a baby through artificial insemination using her dead husband's sperm.

In a case which has sparked intense debate, the president of the London High Court's family division supported a refusal by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority to allow the procedure.

The regulatory body prevented Diane Blood, 30, from using her husband's sperm because he had not given his written consent for its use before he died in March 1995 from meningitis.

"I have found this to be a most anxious and moving case," Judge Stephen Brown said. "My heart goes out to this applicant who wishes to preserve an essential part of her late beloved husband."

Mrs. Blood wept quietly in court as Brown announced the decision which prevents her from taking her husband's sperm to Belgium or the United States where doctors had already agreed to treat her.

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