Mom Wants Death Benefits for Twins Conceived After the Dad's Death

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Mom Wants Death Benefits for Twins Conceived After the Dad's Death
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Mon, 01-10-2011 - 1:49pm
This one made me read further, in the article it goes on to say that the case is not unique - "At least four families have sued the Social Security Administration to secure benefits for children conceived after their fathers died.”

Here's the link.. what do you think, should the mom receive SS Benefits? After all, it was her choice..
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Yes.


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Registered: 02-24-2010

Yes--I agree with Kevali & Lauren.

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Registered: 01-05-2000

Not only was her choice, it wasn't the husband's choice as he was dead.

Chris

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Registered: 01-15-2006

but isn't IVF an already fertilized egg? this case opens up the whopping question of when conception begins, i get why this is controversial..further, if this isn't unique i'd be curious of prior outcomes, were they winable, settled?

 

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I don't think the question of when conception begins has anything to do with this. Maybe this woman and her husband wanted to keep open the possibility of additional children. The fact that they had frozen embryos does not mean that they intended to have more children. It could even mean that they had their other children via IVF, and although they didn't want additional children, were not ready to make the decision to destroy the embryos.

She wasn't pregnant when her husband died. The children should not receive a SS benefit.
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Really. Because if all of the frozen embryos are considered children, then couldn't a mother petition for SS benefits for storage of those embryos if her husband died?
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from what i looked up it appears sperm was collected when he was dying of cancer. IMO

 

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No, I don't think it does.

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Yes, but...

The intent was there as far as having a baby, but unfortunately they didn't plan for the support of said baby. I didn't read the story, but I don't think I need to. SS benefits are for surviving children. This child isn't surviving anything. Daddy wasn't alive when he/she was conceived.

*edit: I should say Daddy wasn't alive when Mommy became pregnant. A fertilized egg won't become a baby until it's implanted in Mom, and if the egg was not implanted until after Daddy died , then it's sad but the baby is not entitled to benefits.

Kevali


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