Insemination, diplomacy and peace

Insemination with husband or donor sperm

How can fertility treatment such as IUI promote peace and understanding among nations?

On the surface of it, the concept sounds ridiculous, but in fact, frozen sperm helped to thaw relations between the United States and Cuba.

Regardless of one's view on recent upgrading of the relationship between the US and Cuban government, a cave-in to a brutal dictatorship or a long overdue end to a relic of the cold war, fertility treatment played a role in the recent diplomatic rapprochement between our nation and our hostile neighbor to the south.

For sometime, the US government held  a group five Cuban spies in our prisons, who back home in Cuba were extolled by the Castro regime as national heroes. The wives of one of the so-called "Cuban Five," Adriana Perez had expressed her (natural) desire to have a child with her husband. Since conjugal visits were not on option for the Cuban spies, pregnancy could simply not happen while she was in Cuba and her husband imprisoned in the United States.

Then, in a humanitarian gesture, the US government arranged for the her husband (and prisoner) Gerardo Hernandez to freeze a sperm sample at the prison.

The sperm was then shipped abroad to a third country where doctors then inseminated Adriana with her husband's sperm.

Hernandez and Adriana were successful on their second attempt at insemination and she delivered a baby girl. The most interesting part was the "afterbirth," what happened next. This gesture of human kindness, helped to break a thaw between two sides who were before this unwilling to talk to each other.

That one simple insemination led to a prisoner swap which also freed an American held hostage in Cuba, and ultimately led us on the path towards restoring relations with our neighbor to the south.