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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sperm donor must cease and desist

The Seattle newspaper reports:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Physicians and the federal government cited the case of a San Francisco Bay area man who has fathered 14 children as an example of the risks posed by the informal market for sperm donations, which doctors consider unsafe but some people call a civil liberties issue.

Trent Arsenault, 36, of Fremont offers his sperm for free to women he meets through his website. In addition to the 14 already born, he says four more are on the way. In the meantime, he is contesting a U.S. Food and Drug Administration order to cease and desist. ...

The FDA sent Arsenault the letter late last year telling him he must stop because he does not follow the agency's requirements for getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases within seven days before giving sperm.
Their only objection is that he get more STD tests?! His 14 kids only matches the 14 test-tube babies of the Octomom, and no one told her to stop. (The fertility physician did eventually lose his medical license.)

While yuppies are postponing childbirth so that they can get bigger mortgages, our population growth is coming from welfare queens and anchor babies. The fertility clinics used to be for 40-year-old yuppie couples looking for a first child, but now they cater to single women and lesbians:
More and more women are finding themselves either unable or uninterested in finding a partner with whom to raise a child. Single mothers by choice obtain a child by adoption or by donor sperm insemination. At Genesis we help women conceive with donor sperm insemination. Most women chose anonymous donor sperm purchased from a sperm bank. If you wish to use a known sperm donor we can also help, however the sperm must be quarantined for 6 months at a Health Canada sperm clinic in Toronto. Speak with your Genesis physician to guide you through this process.
The clinics are not even allowed to discriminate based on marital status anymore. One single-mom-to-be writes:
However, I thought it over, and made the decision to half and half: freeze some eggs, and freeze some embryos. This meant that I would need to choose a donor. While I have a good number of male friends, I didn’t want any of them to be the donor, for various reasons. My doctor recommended a great clinic they often work with, and I went through the process of looking for a donor pretty quickly (all the donor information was online). This was a very interesting process: at times, I would think it was great – I could choose a donor of a certain height, weight, eye color, and, most importantly, I could see their family’s medical history. Dad had a history of alcoholism? No thanks! On to the next. Then, of course, at other times I felt sad, lonely, depressed, desperate, and worried that I was destined to be an old pathetic spinster who couldn’t find a man to love her.
What is lost in all of this is the recognition that the child needs a father as well as a mother. Our govt policies should stop giving incentives for single mothers, and instead give each child a right to a real relationship with his father.

The UK is one of the more anti-father countries in the world, but it is starting to understand the mess that it has created. Now it wants to put dads on the birth certificates:
Fathers could be forced to sign their child’s birth certificate under legislation currently being considered by the Government. ...

It is thought by signing the birth certificate new fathers will feel an increased responsibility to their child. ...

At the moment only a mothers name has to be registered and if no man signs the certificate the father will be described as unknown.

It is estimated that 50,000 babies are born without the father’s name being placed on the certificate.
In 2005, the UK abolished anonymous sperm donation because a child has a right to know who his father is.

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