31st May 2018
The Channel 4 documentary aired on Tuesday evening was a shocking insight into the online world of sperm donation.
The programme followed a select group, labelled super sperm donors, who are providing sperm to women, on a door to door delivery basis, without any regulation. These men are advertising their service online and are approached by women, either single, in a same sex relationship or with a male partner who has fertility issues. The donors boasted having created in excess of 60 children.
Sperm donation is no longer uncommon or taboo. The modern family (whether single, same sex or heterosexual), may not exist if it weren't for donors; in that respect donors are, in my view, generous and kind, so long as their motivations are genuine and truly compassionate.
However, there are some real risks of using a donor in such an unregulated way.
Having a baby is a powerful urge and some women would do anything to make that happen. However, proper consideration must be given to the above risks.
The following are some factors which will impact important issues such as legal fatherhood:-
Before any decision is made to conceive using a donor, legal advice should be sought. Many of the reported cases in this area involve donors and mothers who, relying on trust alone, have not taken legal advice before conception and subsequently wished they had.
Rachel is proud to have her own modern family and can be contacted on 01932 590 500.
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