I was watching 20/20 last night and a story about free donor sperm came on. I was hooked. This is why I love Americans so much. They are so darn altruistic. And just kinda … out there. The report went on to talk about a couple of women who were using this free service because fresh sperm enabled them a better chance of conception than frozen sperm. And of course, they had already expended tens of thousands of dollars on infertility treatments and IVF.
I suppose what’s the difference between getting some from a one night stand and answering an ad online? Either way, you’re spinning the bottle, right? And this guy actually took measures to produce some grade A sample ….uhh…stuff. He wasn’t exactly Playgirl material, but what the hey, it was free. And you could do pick up the sample on site, so to speak, or meet at a coffeeshop. What could be more convenient? The FDA however frowns on this sort of altruistic enterprise, so they actually asked him to cease and desist advertising and promoting his sperm.
Remarkably, they focused more on why donors were giving away their sperm for free rather than the typical desperate infertile woman angle. Of course the comments were more about the women rather than the cost of IVF. They always are. What would you do?
Americans, they sure are a spunky lot.