Indonesian Council of Ulama Fatwa on IVF/Artificial Insemination

This fatwa permits IVF conception, provided the subsequent pregnancy does not involve surrogacy (e.g. the ovum comes from the husband's first wife, but the child is carried by his second wife). This is to avoid subsequent inheritance-related complications.

The fatwa also forbids:

  1. a woman using the frozen sperm of her deceased husband to become pregnant because of potential future complications related to paternity and inheritance; and
  2. a child being conceived through IVF using the sperm and ovum of a couple out of wedlock (zina).
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