Donor insemination is a fertility method that involves using a sperm donor to conceive.
Donor insemination is a fertility method that involves using a sperm donor to conceive. Insemination typically refers to intrauterine insemination (IUI) with a donor or an intended parent’s sperm, but donor insemination can also be used with intra-vaginal insemination or as part of an In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle as well. Read the materials provided and respond to the following prompts and discuss the legal, ethical, and moral implications of donor insemination as a fertility method.
Should it be legal to buy and sell the means of reproduction?
Should donors be allowed to be anonymous?
Can a sperm donor claim legitimate paternity?
What right do the children of donors have to know where they come from?
What are the physical and mental health implications of being a child of an anonymous sperm donor.
Reading materials for your discussion
1. Chapters 15 &16: The Male and Female Reproductive systems
2. Slate Staff Writers. (2020, June 14 ). Slate Daily Magazine. The Sperm-Donor Kids are not all right. https://slate.com/human-interest/2010/06/new-study-shows-sperm-donor-kids-suffer.html
3. Rothwell, J. (2011, October 20). Donor Unknown. PBS.ORG. Health and Environment. https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/donor-unknown/