My first two thoughts upon reading the headline: Twins conceived after dad died won’t get benefits (Court: Twins conceived after dad’s death using frozen sperm shouldn’t get survivor benefits) were:
- Yeah, why would you get Social Security survivor benefits for twins conceived through artificial insemination, and born 18 months after their father died of esophageal cancer?
- Karen Capato (wife of the deceased Robert Capato of Florida), how did you have the money to pay for the in vitro procedure then, if you need survivor benefit money now??
The Associated Press Washington reports that the Supreme Court against this request. Probably because she and they clearly did not qualify for it.
“Florida law expressly bars children conceived posthumously from inheritance, unless they are named in a will. The only beneficiaries named in Capato’s will are his wife, their son and his two children from a previous marriage.”
After reading this I wonder, how many children are conceived posthumously?! It’s one thing if the father to be dies during the pregnancy, but if moms here didn’t even get preggers (by him) until after his demise…well that kinda creeps me out. (No offense. I’m just saying.) I’d assume that’s probably why they froze the sperm in the first place. He was dying.
**Hey with that last thought there I find myself wondering if maybe they do deserve the benefits after all! These kids were intentional…he didn’t accidentally put his sperm on ice. ** Interesting.
- Do Dead Dad’s Babies Deserve Benefits? (abcnews.go.com)
- Court: No Benefits For Kids Conceived After Dad Died (npr.org)