sperm donation

Attack of the Sperminator

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A recent article in the New York Post profiles Ed Houben, a 44-year-old Dutch man who has at least 99 children around the world resulting from his efforts as a serial sperm donor for the past fifteen years. Unlike most sperm donors who enter the practice for the extra cash involved, Houben’s donations are entirely […]

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The “Chaos” Sired by Sperm Donation

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A biological father named William Marotta is resisting being held responsible for his child conceived privately — by answering a Craig’s List ad, as opposed to using a medical clinic — by artificial insemination. From the Topeka Capital Journal story: Representatives for Marotta and the Kansas Department for Children and Families recently filed motions in […]

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Introduction and Orientation

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In the wake of last week’s naming of 2012’s winners and losers in the arena of bioethics, we thought it might be helpful to bring our three films to your attention. The films provide an introduction and orientation to crucial issues in bioethics and how the CBC addresses them. These films have been shown around […]

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Industrial Human Farming

The online magazine Slate carries an article on a new business venture in Texas that “is making and selling human embryos from handpicked donors.” From, “The Embryo Factory: The Business Logic of Made-to-Order Babies:” Ryan represents the next wave of industrial rationality. She’s bringing the innovations of Costco and Burger King to the business of […]

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FDA Wrong To Regulate Private Sperm Donation

A lesbian woman wants to become pregnant through artificial insemination using sperm from a friend. The FDA says no. From the San Francisco Chronicle story: She is dating a woman. She is trying to conceive a child. She wants to use free sperm from a man she trusts. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

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Biological Eugenic Colonialism

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Our sense of entitlement — including not only to have a child, but the child we want — is driving us to ever greater extremes. The Daily Mail has a disturbing report about beautiful women selling eggs, rich men’s sperm, and paid destitute gestational carriers […]

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“Anonymous” Sperm Donor Fathers Hundreds

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The Center for Bioethics and Culture has a good film out called Anonymous Father’s Day, which deals with the emotional impact on children of sperm donors from not knowing anything about their biological fathers. This too is a form of reproductive commodification and the consequences […]

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Reproductive Anarchy Produces Anarchy in Reproduction

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC My wife ran a column today referencing a local (San Francisco area) story in which a volunteer sperm donor has biologically contributed to the conception of (soon) 18 children in the area via low tech artificial insemination. The result? The FDA wants to regulate private […]

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Austrian Law Banning Egg and Sperm Donation In a Single IVF Procedure Upheld

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The European Union’s right to “family life” is being used for potentially pernicious purposes. For example, as we discussed several months ago, the European Court of Human Rights (UCHR) has taken a case that will decide whether the right includes to make a family member […]

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The Commercialization of Reproduction and Donor Anonymity in Canada

This week, we are pleased to feature an in-depth report on assisted reproduction in Canada. The report was prepared by our 2011 Blackstone Legal Intern, Brittney Sharp. The report is especially timely as Jennifer Lahl will be in Toronto later this month speaking at a conference on reproductive issues and filming two interviews for our […]

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The Sperm Donor’s Harem

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC In the old days, men at the top of some cultures would father scores of children from his many wives and harem concubines. I thought of the harem nursery when I read the story of one sperm donor fathering siring more than 150 children. From […]

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Anonymous Father’s Day

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President A landmark victory has just been won in Pratten v. British Columbia, a case that will undoubtedly set a significant legal precedent. On May 19, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled against the practice of anonymous sperm (and egg) donation, instead arguing in favor of donor-conceived children and their […]

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Happy Anonymous Father’s Day

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President A landmark victory has just been won in Pratten v. British Columbia, a case that will undoubtedly set a significant legal precedent. On May 19, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled against the practice of anonymous sperm (and egg) donation, instead arguing in favor of donor-conceived children and their […]

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager Yesterday I stumbled across a post on a bicycling blog highlighting a European sperm bank’s Sperm Bike. It seems they wanted an environmentally-friendly way to transport sperm samples to various fertility clinics around Copenhagen. And someone came up with the idea of a custom designed sperm bike. CEO […]

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Sense of Entitlement: “Beautiful” Sperm and Eggs for Sale

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC This bit of Entiltement News is not a new phenomenon, but illustrates the eugenics core that lies at the heart of facilitated reproduction. A sperm/egg bank has opened offering gametes of beautiful people for sale. From the story The Beautiful Baby service – which is […]

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I’m the Only Daddy You Got! I’m the Paterfamilias!

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC National Director Newsweek recently reported a story about a 51-year-old man, who between 1980 and 1994 donated his sperm twice a week in order to make cash for medical school and to nurture his altruistic desires to help infertile women. Kirk Maxey states, “I loved having kids, and to have these […]

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Single Embryo Transfer Works Better – New Study Says

Here’s a report on another couple of new studies which seem to just confirm the obvious stating this: “Implanting single embryos into the wombs of women seeking to boost fertility is more effective and less costly than placing two embryos at a time, a pair of studies released Wednesday found.” With the recent news of […]

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Hidden Health Risks to Sperm (and Egg) Donor Kids

Here’s another story out in the London Daily Mail on anonymous sperm donation. This story raises the issue of the “hidden health risks” when you don’t know half of your biological history. Kathleen LaBounty, pictured here, is a young woman I know. We’ve chatted and emailed back and forth and will be actually running a […]

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