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Assisted Reproduction

Serial Sperm Donor Faces Prospect of Significant Fines and Jail

An interesting article from the San Francisco Chronicle about a man who has donated sperm for 14 children and now faces the prospect of paying significant fines (and possibly jail) for failing to undergo blood tests beforehand:

Arsenault’s been a sperm donor for five years, offering his semen to women he meets on the Internet for free.

But his baby-making days may be numbered.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has told him to stop giving away his sperm – or face a $100,000 fine or up to a year in prison – on the grounds that he’s ignoring federal regulations that require blood tests every time a person donates any kind of body tissue or fluid. He’s allowed to keep providing sperm while his case is pending.

The rest of the article, which contains perhaps the most unfortunate use of the phrase “hot off the press,” can be found here.


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