Samples of sperm posted to the home address worldwide

Publié le : 5 March 2013

 Since 2009, a company called Cryos, "the Danish branch of the largest sperm bank network in the world […] has done business with individuals […] and offers to deliver sperm to the home, without any qualms, and in total legality, according to its website," the journalist reports. This company, whose "business is flourishing," "holds a licence, in compliance with the European directives on human tissues and cells, and claims on this basis ‘to be able to deliver sperm that has been analysed to organisations or private patients for insemination at home’.” And, in France, "increasing numbers of gynaecologists […] no longer hide the fact that they carry out inseminations in their practices using sperm imported from a foreign country, brushing aside the legal risks incurred by these acts."
The journalist then examines this practice from the ethical point of view. She points out that "the Danish company is unconcerned by this issue and states – without any qualms – that it will deliver the sperm of non-anonymous donors in the countries which, like France, require that the donation be anonymous and free, among other conditions. In short, [she concludes], the laws – whether involving ethical or health concerns – which regulate the donation of sperm in the importing countries have no importance for the company flooding the world market." According to the Danish company, "the consignee is legally responsible for this delivery," adding that, to the best of its knowledge, "the prohibition applies only to doctors or specialised centres in these countries." However, the journalist mentions, "some people will see this warning as an encouragement of ‘home-made insemination’ without any medical control, which is equally prohibited by the law."
Lastly, she emphasises the risk of eugenics to which such a practice can lead. In effect, any patient can choose her child’s father "from the hundreds of donors selected for the ‘quality’ of their sperm, but also for their physical, genetic and psychological profile. Ethnic group, height, weight, colour of the eyes and hair, education level, profession, blood group: all the features are available." If "selecting one’s donor according to his phenotype or his professional career […] is not the issue motivating the very large majority of French purchasers, who claim the right to be able to conceive a child on their own or as part of a couple if they are homosexual," the journalist points out, "the fact remains that the temptation of eugenics is close.

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