9th November 2012
The Roanoke Times reported that the parents of Rufus Arthur McGill, 19, will be unable to harvest the sperm because of timing. It would reportedly take days to get to obtain a court order and there’s a 36-hour window to collect the sperm.
As usual, the government soils everything it touches.
The parents, Jerri and Rufus McGill can make the decision to end life support, but they could not legally collect their son’s sperm. He’s an adult, and they were no longer considered his legal guardians. Rufus McGill II has one full brother, who lives with his father in North Carolina, and two half-siblings.
This is absurd. Why is there even any hesitation about this? Why do parents have to get a court order, for crying out loud, to collect sperm from their critically injured child? It’s not as if he’s going to be liable for for child support in some future life — another area, by the way, in which government performance has not been remarkably intelligent.
Looking at him and his parents and how he died, I can’t say that these are sperm worth saving, but that’s a decision that ought to have been up to the parents.