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A Look At The Legal And Personal Ramifications Of Sperm Donation. What’s Your Story?




Sperm are placed inside the egg with a needle during a fertility treatment called intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
Sperm are placed inside the egg with a needle during a fertility treatment called intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
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Many families have been created thanks to sperm banks and those who choose to donate said sperm, and back in the day anonymity seemed logical and possible.

That’s not necessarily the case today thanks to quick, easy and popular genetic testing kits or donor sibling registries, but the tests have led to some shocking revelations for some people. It’s not all bad. There’s the touching story of a donor who connected with 20 of his offspring to create something resembling a family. And there’s the guy who started donating his sperm in 1989 and now takes his 17 kids to California’s Bass Lake every summer. But there are also stories of “fertility fraud,” lawsuits and calls for more regulation in the industry. Laws and regulations vary by state and some places have adjusted their laws in recent years in order to prevent some of these things from happening. Larry sits down to talk about the legal ramifications for those involved in the process. We want to hear your story.

Are you a sperm donor? Did you find out you were conceived by a sperm donor? How have you been impacted by your experience? 

 

Guests:

Aaron Kheriaty, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Medical Ethics Program at the School of Medicine at UC Irvine

Amira Hasenbush, family formation lawyer who provides legal assistance to families using assisted reproduction, including sperm and egg donor agreements