Some soldiers want to freeze sperm before entering Lebanon

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Since the start of the fighting in the north, about 30 soldiers, most of them in the reserves, have turned to the organization New Family in a bid to freeze their sperm so that their partners or families will be able to create heirs for themselves.

“I have been living with my girlfriend for four years. I received an emergency call-up for service in Lebanon and I’m afraid something will happen to me,” wrote a reservist to the organization recently.

New Family is now aiming to pass a law, initiated by the organization’s director, attorney Irit Rosenblum, that will allow combat soldiers to freeze their sperm.

Since the beginning of the war, Rosenblum has received a large number of calls from interested soldiers.

An anonymous reservist in his 30s who was wounded in battle wrote to New Family: “I was only lightly wounded, but it could have been much worse. I would like to know how you can help me with the issue of freezing my sperm. Next time I may not have the same luck.”

Another anonymous soldier doing his compulsory service in the Givati brigade, wrote in an email: “I have been married for half a year. Soon, after training, I will go to the front line with my friends and I am interested in freezing my sperm in case something happens to me.”

Rosenblum says that she has received varied responses. “There has been interest from couples that are interested in having a child together, but there have also been incidents in which soldiers who don’t have partners want to freeze their sperm to be passed on later.”

She added, “Not everyone is afraid of dying. There are also those who fear they will suffer an injury that will make them infertile and want to freeze their sperm while they’re still healthy.”

New Family has renewed its efforts to pass a law, drafted by Rosenblum, called the Biological Will Law, that will establish a sperm bank for IDF soldiers in which they can freeze their sperm from the first day they are enlisted until they reach age 45.

“There are two tracks: one, in which a soldier is, heaven forbid, injured in battle, his partner can be inseminated with his sperm, and a second, in which the soldier’s sperm will be transferred by request of his parents to a woman who never knew and never will know the soldier, but who knows his identity,” explains Rosenblum.

Israel currently has a sperm bank, but the identity of the sperm donor remains anonymous. The new law would state that a woman who has a child with someone else cannot be inseminated with the sperm of a dead soldier, and that the woman’s family situation must first be checked by a social worker.

“In a place where the state endangers people’s lives, it does not have the right to prevent him from creating offspring,” added Rosenblum.