July 13, 2024

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Hundreds of Sperm Donations by One Man Lead to Social Issues in Australia

Hundreds of Sperm Donations by One Man Lead to Social Issues in Australia



Hundreds of Sperm Donations by One Man Lead to Social Issues in Australia

In Australia, where many children are born via IVF using donated sperm and eggs, regulatory deficiencies have led to significant social problems.

According to a report by ABC on July 4th, a 34-year-old woman named Catherine Dawson, who was conceived with donated sperm, encountered a woman at a gathering who looked strikingly similar to her. It was later confirmed that they shared the same biological father through donated sperm.

Using the donor’s code, Dawson set out to find her biological siblings and discovered over 50 half-siblings within a year. In an interview with ABC, she mentioned that she could have up to 700 half-siblings.

 

Hundreds of Sperm Donations by One Man Lead to Social Issues in Australia

 

Media reports indicate that during the 1970s and 1980s, sperm donors were paid 10 Australian dollars per donation. This system was exploited by some individuals who donated their sperm hundreds of times under various names. Due to a decrease in sperm donors, fertility clinics often used the same sperm multiple times.

This lack of regulation raises significant concerns about the potential for accidental incest, as individuals may not know they share the same biological parent. Additionally, the management of donated sperm has been inadequate.

One couple had three children via IVF, wishing for them to have the same biological father. The hospital complied with their request, using the same man’s sperm for all three procedures. However, genetic testing revealed that one child, who has a severe disability, is not biologically related to the other two children.

In response to these issues, Australian states are strengthening oversight. In Queensland, a recent survey found that 42% of tested samples may not match the donor’s actual identity. Consequently, the state ordered the destruction of thousands of semen samples frozen before 2020.

The state has also introduced legislation to limit the number of times a single donor’s sperm can be used and to establish a registry to manage donor information.

Dr. Lynn Coulson, who investigated the case, reported significant systemic issues, highlighting the need for government regulation.

Hundreds of Sperm Donations by One Man Lead to Social Issues in Australia

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