Monday, August 28, 2006

Internet sperm ban in UK

Recall the story about the sperm shortage in Britain, brought on by the abolishment of anonymity for donors. Some women and couples are getting around the shortage by ordering sperm over the internet from international sources. I raised the issue of how the abolishment of anonymity for donors might become an issue for imported sperm ordered in this manner. Well, it hasn't been directly addressed yet. But a new requirement bans internet sperm companies from supplying fresh sperm. Ostensibly it is to protect recipients from possible diseases. The new requirement, set to go into effect next April, requires the firms supplying the donor sperm to store it for six months prior to sale to ensure that it is disease-free.



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