HAVANA TIMES — Included in the 18 months of secret negotiations between the governments of Cuba and the US was an agreement that allowed for the artificial insemination of Adriana Pérez, wife of former Cuban agent, Gerardo Hernández, while he served two life sentences in US prisons.
“The US granted the request of Mrs. Hernandez of having a child with her husband,” confirmed Brian Fallon, spokesman for the US Justice Department.
“The procedure itself was conducted in Panama and the Cuban government paid for everything,” said Tim Rieser, a foreign policy advisor to US Senator Patrick Leahy.
Speaking to Cuban television on Saturday Gerardo Hernández announced that “within 15 days, more or less, a girl called Gema will be born”.
The US federal prison system does not allow conjugal visits but there is a precedent in which they had authorized an inmate could perform artificial insemination.