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Controls on Freezing and Transporting Samples in Artificial Insemination Methods

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
I live in Jordan but my husband is living in Australia. I need to undergo vitro fertilization because I can`t give birth naturally. After taking the sperms from my husband, they are frozen, placed in a special medical container, and transported to Jordan where the insemination will take place. What is the ruling of Sharia on transporting these sperms? This is knowing that I`m currently taking medications and injections for ovulation induction and they are very costly and should be taken at a specific time. In addition, freezing sperms and moving them cost around ten thousand JDs.

Answer:

All perfect praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. May His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

It is permissible to freeze and transport sperms taken from husband to conduct vitro fertilization with his wife who can`t give birth naturally. However, this is provided that the insemination takes place during marriage along with taking all the necessary precautions to avoid mix up of samples upon freezing and transporting and that this procedure is conducted through a reliable and trustworthy medical center. 

However, if there is doubt about this procedure, then vitro fertilization using these frozen sperms must be refrained from, as decided by Resolution No. (248) of the Jordanian Iftaa` Council. And Allah the Almighty know best.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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