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Kids and Death Benefits

If you’re widowed and used frozen sperm to conceive children, are those children entitled to their deceased father’s Social Security benefits?


The Supreme Court is now deciding what to do with just such a case after a woman’s request for Social Security benefits for her twins, born 18 months after their father died of cancer, was denied, the Associated Press reported [1]. 


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said: “What is at issue here is not whether children that have been born through artificial insemination get benefits. It’s whether children are born after the father’s death gets benefits,” the AP quoted him as saying. A ruling is expected this summer. 


What do you think? Should children conceived after the death of a parent be entitled to death benefits?

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