In Hecht v. Superior Court, 20 Cal. Rptr. 2d. 275 (Cal. 1993), the California courts wrestled with the issue of “ownership” of vials of frozen sperm. In that case, the decedent left the sperm specimens to his girlfriend with various provisions in his will that would come into play if he was survived by additional children as a result of the use of those samples. The trial court held that the sperm should be destroyed – based on public policy grounds. The California Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the sperm should go to the girlfriend per the intent of the testator.