Britain is to get its first NHS-funded national sperm bank to make it easier for lesbian couples and single women to have children.There is plenty of evidence that kids are better of with fathers. But soon it will be considered homophobic to say so.
For as little as £300 – less than half the cost of the service at a private clinic – they will be able to search an online database and choose an anonymous donor on the basis of his ethnicity, height, profession and even hobbies.
The bank, which is due to open in October, will then send out that donor’s sperm to a clinic of the client’s choice for use in trying for a baby.
Heterosexual couples will also be able to benefit, but the move – funded by the Department of Health – is largely designed to meet the increasing demand from thousands of women who want to start a family without having a relationship with a man.
Critics last night called it a ‘dangerous social experiment’ that could result in hundreds of fatherless ‘designer families’. ...
Britain has a major shortage of sperm donors, whose anonymity is preserved until any children they father reach the age of 18.
Women who want to have a baby using donated sperm have been routinely waiting for up to two years, with many eventually forced to seek donors abroad.
Heterosexual couples with fertility problems who need donations as part of IVF treatment will be among the customers of the new bank.
But a large percentage are predicted to be professional, single females who decide to have a baby without a man.
And based on current trends, more than a quarter of all the recipients are likely to be gay women. ...
Ms Witjens rejected suggestions that children suffer adverse consequences from lacking a father figure. ‘There is no evidence to suggest that children are better off with or without a father,’ she said. ‘There’s never been a call – from us or the Department of Health – to reduce the access to sperm for same-sex or single women. That’s a non-issue.’
Ms Witjens pointed to the removal of the reference to a ‘need for a father’ in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, when taking account of a child’s welfare when providing fertility treatment.
She added that the National Sperm Bank would also help prevent desperate women using murky unregulated services and going online to buy sperm.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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