Donor takes ex-wife to court over infertility row
A man has accused his ex-wife and a fertility clinic in Abu Dhabi of using his sperm to get her pregnant without his consent.
The Emirati told Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal yesterday that staff at the clinic inseminated his ex-wife with his sperm stored in their laboratory.
He said the couple were married when they went to the clinic for help, but they were unsuccessful. He said he split from his wife, who is Russian, and had no knowledge of her returning to the clinic.
“I had spent four years in the marriage with my wife without her getting pregnant,” he testified.
“We then decided to go to a fertility clinic for treatment so that we could get a baby. The doctors took my sperm and they injected it into my wife.”
Despite two attempts, the woman failed to become pregnant, he added. Court records show the woman then travelled to Russia, where she underwent further fertility treatment. When she returned to the UAE, she went back to the clinic, allegedly without informing her husband.
During this attempt, the process was a success and she became pregnant. However, less than three weeks later, the couple divorced. “I had no idea that she was pregnant when I divorced her,” the husband told 7DAYS outside court yesterday.
He said that a few months after the divorce, the woman told a friend that she was pregnant and that her ex-husband was the father.
“I love the baby,” said the man. “She is my true blood and I am taking good care of her.
“But I am angry it was done without my knowledge. I want justice. This is not acceptable.” He added that the child lives with her mother.
The man is appealing the verdict of a lower court that acquitted the clinic and his ex-wife of using his sperm without his consent because the pair were married at the time and he had previously given consent for treatment.
The case was adjourned to October 11.