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Tuesday on Daily Weekly I posted about a story that first appeared in The Daily which looked into the spiking worldwide demand for American-made sperm.

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Comment of the Day: The Truth About America's Sperm

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Tuesday on Daily Weekly I posted about a story that first appeared in The Daily which looked into the spiking worldwide demand for American-made sperm. Naturally, I had a bit of fun with the subject matter.

But it wasn't all jokes. As the post notes of The Daily's story:

Interviewing Scott Brown, a spokesman for California Cryobank, billed as "the largest sperm bank in the world," the story hypothesizes that the increased demand for American sperm is the result of "more liberal attitudes toward marriage and family taking root around the globe," in addition the United States' sperm-donation infrastructure, which allows men to donate anonymously, pays them well, and employs rigorous screening procedures to the benefit of sperm-donation recipients.

The topic of American sperm inspired several commenters to chime in, including ml66UK, who writes:

The lack of regulation of gamete donation in the US is very disturbing. In particular, donor anonymity is still allowed, there are effectively no limits on how many genetic children a donor can have, and there is no enforcement of genetic testing or reporting health problems with offspring. (google "the truth about donor 1084" for just some of the problems this has caused).

The donor-conceived, rather than the parents, clinics, or donors, are the people most directly affected by donor conception, and they are the ones who have to live with the consequences the longest. They also seem to be mostly against donor anonymity, and secrecy surrounding donor conception. Some don't care, but there's no way for anyone to tell whether their child will want to know who the donor is or not, so they should always have the choice. Countries that have already ended donor anonymity include the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Switzerland, Austria and New Zealand. Canada and Australia seem likely to follow. Why not the USA?

Most donor-conceived people are also against excessive payment to donors.

I think the world's largest sperm bank is actually Cryos in Denmark btw

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