A British woman who wants to use her dead husband’s sperm to have a baby on her own has divided viewers after sharing her story on national TV. Jayde Payne appeared on ITV’s This Morning to share her heartbreaking story as well as her current legal battle, and many were torn as to what the right outcome of the situation might be.
- Jayde’s husband passed away in 2019. She claimed that she and her late husband, Daniel, had been planning to have a baby via IVF before he passed away. When he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, they froze his sperm for safekeeping so they could start their family further down the line. Sadly, he passed away of a brain tumor not long after.
- Jayde proceeded with IVF treatment after Daniel died. She wanted to carry on her late husband’s memory, so she sought IVF treatment but was told that an “admin error” meant that she had no legal right to use Daniel’s sperm despite the fact that she’s his wife.
- She’s now launched a legal battle at the High Court. She wants the court to rule that she does indeed have the right to use the sperm to conceive a child. It’s unclear which way the court will decide and when the ruling will be announced.
- This Morning viewers didn’t know how to feel about the plight. While many sympathized with Jayde’s loss, some thought it wasn’t the “right way” to preserve Daniel’s memory. “It’s so sad when someone passes away, but to intentionally bring a life into the world when that person is gone, seems selfish to me,” one commenter said. Another added: “Grief is awful but I’m afraid she’s not thinking of the effect on the child in all this.”
- Many fully support Jayde’s legal fight. While some are skeptical of her decision, many stand behind her and hope she gets the result she wants. “I don’t know that I agree with what she wants to do… but wish her a speedy resolution as then she will know one way or the other whether this is allowed and if allowed whether it will work,” one supporter commented.