ASRM Ethics Committee: Clueless?

By admin on March 02, 2009
The Human Life Review article “Donor Offspring” Redefining Family includes this quote:

"Some donors actually have over 100 biological children, Kramer says, although a leading physician in the infertility field, Dr. Robert Brzyski, finds that number a stretch. If a person has a normal semen analysis, a single sample could produce maybe five vials of sperm, said Brzyski, chairman of the ethics committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and an associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. 'I would estimate one in eight vials produces a baby, but if a person collects cumulatively over time, let’s see, how many ejaculates would it take to have over 800 vials?'"

Someone needs to let the ASRM know that this is not a “stretch,” that this is absolute reality, and the numbers are growing all the time. Many donors donate for years, several times per week. Then the sperm is sold for many years (some half-siblings on our site are 18 years apart in age). One donor who is actually registered on our site has 55 children, with that number growing every month or two. The largest group (donor not registered) has between 115-120 and there are pregnant women who haven’t yet had their children from this donor.

Until the ASRM starts realizing what is truly going on here, there is no hope for change.