Pension Benefits for Children Conceived After Death

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    Newark police captain's widow seeks pension benefits for son conceived through in vitro fertilization | NJ.com

    Interesting story. My heart says that the child should be eligible. But when I look at how much she is already getting - $50K? Is that tax free? .. :confused:

    What say you?
     
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    No way.

    Only people who are actually living when a parent dies should be given benefits. The last time I checked, spermatozoa and ova are not considered people. Now if she was pregnant when her husband died that would be a different issue.
     
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    The woman lost her husband in the line of duty to the community.

    They owe her and the deceased husband's kid, too.
     
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    way....the pension does cover all his children....
     
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    They weren't children when he died, they were cells frozen in a test tube.
     
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    True.

    Do a paternity test of them, though.

    They're his kids.
     
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    They are not kids at all.

    So what's next we have to pay SS benefits for frozen sperm? Can we claim frozen sperm and eggs on our tax forms as dependents?
     
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    I think it should be doubled.
     
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    by all legal and biological definations the child is his
     
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    The child is biologically his, but he has nothing to do with its creation other than to be harvested for sperm cells. As tragic as his death is, the mother made the sole decision to have the child after he died, and should be solely responsible - not the taxpayers. Her existing pension is far more than the income upon which many families raise children.
     

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