14-year-old girl forced to become pregnant with donor sperm
Michael Cook | 02 May 2013 |
An unnamed woman in the UK has been jailed for five years after artificially inseminating her 14-year-old adopted daughter in order to get another child.
Parents needn’t tell donor children their origins’ says leading British think-tank
Xavier Symons | 20 April 2013 |
Should parents be required to tell donor children of their origins? An influential British think-tank says No.
Danish sperm donor privacy controversy
Xavier Symons | 06 April 2013 |
The government health agency in Denmark is reconsidering its policy on the anonymity of sperm donors after failing to prevent the transmission of disease through sperm banks.
Israeli sperm donor wants his stuff back
Michael Cook | 02 March 2013 |
A fascinating case is unfolding in Israel pitting a anonymous sperm donor against a woman who demands his sperm.
Does a sperm donor have the duties of a father?
Michael Cook | 02 March 2013 |
The debate over parental duties of sperm donors has flared up again - this time in response to an American man being sued for medical expenses of the child of his donated sperm.
German sperm donor children gain right to know fathers
MIchael Cook | 15 February 2013 |
Donor sperm families are happy families, Australian researchers find
Michael Cook | 08 December 2012 |
Gab Kovacs finds that sperm donor families function just as well as other families.
Legal adventures 2: gay sperm donor hit for child support 13 years later
Michael Cook | 03 November 2012 |
A gay man in the UK has been startled to learn that he will have to pay child support for two children he fathered – 13 years after the first child was born.
“A major evolutionary leap for women”: celebrity sperm donation in UK
Michael Cook | 20 October 2012 |
Yesterday a British entrepreneur launched a celebrity sperm donor service.
“The new sexual predators”
Michael Cook | 05 October 2012 |
They say that history is written by the winners. A new twist on this maxim is that bioethics is written by the powerful. But what if bioethics were written by the disempowered?
Danish donor passes on severe defect
Michael Cook | 26 September 2012 |
So much for careful monitoring of sperm donation from Danish “Vikings”. A man, known only as “donor 7042” fathered dozens of children at Copenhagen's Nordisk Cryobank clinic and passed on to some of them a severe genetic disorder.
China appeals for sperm donors to counter infertility epidemic
Michael Cook | 14 September 2012 |
China, a nation notorious for stifling fertility with its draconian one-child policy, is now worried about an epidemic of infertility. The head of Guangdong’s family planning commission, Luo Wenzhi, is appealing for sperm donors. “Donating your sperm is healthy,” he told a Chinese newspaper. “It won’t hurt you nor kill you.”
Children born in US from 40-year-old sperm
Michael Cook | 01 September 2012 |
The world record for a birth from frozen sperm has risen to 40 years, a Minneapolis company claims.
California woman sues FDA for right to use “free” sperm
Michael Cook | 20 July 2012 |
A California lesbian is suing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over its "unconstitutional" sperm donor policies.
Argentine junta leader sentenced for baby abductions
Michael Cook | 06 July 2012 |
The former president of Argentina, Jorge Rafael Videla, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in abducting infants from their mothers and adopting them out to military families.
Canadian man wants sperm deal with lesbian couple voided
Jared Yee | 16 June 2012 |
A Canadian man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple has said he signed a deal with them "under duress" is now demanding the courts recognise him as a father with liberal access rights.
Sperm donation is a roll of the genetic dice
Jared Yee | 18 May 2012 |
After many failed attempts at conceiving a second child, using many medical treatments, a doctor told Sharine and Brian Kretchmar to find a sperm donor.
Another heroic figure in the reproduction revolution
20 April 2012 |
British doctor may have fathered more than 600 children
Michael Cook | 13 April 2012 |
A British doctor may have fathered more than 600 children by using his own sperm in his London fertility clinic. Toronto film-maker Barry Stevens has researched records of women treated by Dr Bertold Wiesner, and found that two-thirds of offspring conceived through the clinic were his children. Estimates of how many children he fathered range from 200 to 1,000.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the movies…
Michael Cook | 09 April 2012 |
Another film about sperm donors? Yup, 'fraid so. Somehow Hollywood seems to be tapping into a fertile (sorry) source of stories here. Think about it: fatherhood, motherhood, reconciliation, sex and technology. This genre presses every button except mindless mayhem.