Sperm Donations At Death – Not Really Making Sense

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Rather failing the Reverse Chesterton’s Fence here:

Men should be allowed to donate sperm alongside their organs and other body parts, after they have died, doctors have said.

There is currently a huge shortage of sperm donors in Britain, and the UK needs to import semen from countries such as Denmark, which ships around 3,000 samples each year and the US which sends 4,000.

Now, two doctors, writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics have called for men to be able to donate their sperm at death.

Instead of working out how to increase donations, why not try working out why we’ve got too few? What is it about donation the way we do it which reduces the supply as opposed to the way the Danes or Americans do it which clearly produces an excess supply over their domestic needs?

Americans tend to pay for donations, we don’t. Donors in this country risk an 18 year old turning up to say “‘Ullo Daddy” which Danes don’t.

Perhaps, if we changed those two rules then there would be sufficient domestic production? As anyone who has cleaned the bedroom of a teenage boy will know, sperm is not exactly one of those things in short general supply. Thus it must, simply must, be our system of collection which is at fault, no?

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One would have thought the Pakistanis could easily solve this problem.

More seriously though, I’d argue that the removal of the anonymity rule and the possibility of mum, and later junior, claiming child support from this horrid rapist is the real obstacle.

If one could just stagger into the clinic on the way home from the pub, make your donation and that’s the end of it, there should be no problem. Of course I understand some public spirited doctors have stepped(?) forward and tried to make up the shortfall.

TD
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“…and the UK needs to import semen from countries such as Denmark…”

Couldn’t help but think what a civilized uptake on the old Viking invasions.

Barks
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May or may not be a good thing. Perhaps a discussion about the U.K. gene pool is in order.

Gavin Longmuir
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Supply and Demand — there are two sides to this sorry tale. Is part of the story that the modern English woman wants a child but does not want an actual English man in her life or in her bed? And she has a government which happily taxes all men to provide her with an unearned income which leaves her free to look after her single-parented child?

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There us a shortage now in the UK thanks to Suzy Leather when she was chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. She changed the rules to make donors no longer anonymous. She was warned by many people what would happen but she knew best of course.

Before that there was no shortage.

jgh
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A slight correction, but the two doctors have called for a discussions to be had on the issue. They are at the moment neutral on the actual wossname.

Pcar
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Thus it must, simply must, be our system of collection which is at fault, no?

Correct. There was no shortage until charlatan Blair changed law to remove anonymity.

He & his Gov’t were told what consequences would be. As usual they ignored to appease some deranged Suzy Leather feminist group and trotted out the “We’ve consulted and determined anonymity is bad”

Another “Why have the Conservatives not repealed this” damaging, expensive, shortage inducing law?