Thursday, July 21, 2011

IVF Through Gamete Donation: It's Still a Crap Shoot

Some people think that if you just look through a catalogue of sperm donors and pick the ones that look healthy, it avoids all potential health problems.


The few following quotes from parents of donor-conceived children or from donors illustrate the impact of the lack of regulation in the industry:

1. “Our daughter is 6 years old and has been diagnosed with a hereditary bone disease called MHE [multiple hereditary exostoses]. There is no history in our family”

2. “At the age of 3, my daughter developed a very rare disease, Rasmussen’s encephalitis, which caused seizures and significant brain damage”.

3. “My father and grandmother both died of multiple myeloma, a nasty cancer. Many members of my family suffer from depression” [former sperm donor].

4. “My husband was a medical student and was an occasional sperm donor….He died of pancreatic cancer in 2002”.

5. “I would like to contact other offspring. Both my children have au - tism, and we have no history in my family of any disabilities.”

Maybe regulation of sperm donation might be another avenue for pro-life efforts. Just a thought.