Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Social media pitfalls: learning more than you intend

Cruising the California Cryobank discussion board on Facebook, and some lady posted a link to this nifty article about free sperm:

... But sperm banks, though regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, carry risk. In recent years sperm with a host of serious diseases and disorders has been sold to hundreds of women, according to medical journals and other published reports. Earlier this year ABC News identified at least 24 donor-children whose father had a rare aorta defect that could potentially kill his offspring at any minute. And in September, The New York Times reported on sperm banks’ creating 100-kid clusters around a single donor, raising questions about not only disease, but accidental incest.

Further on, in discussing the Free Sperm Donor Registry, a craigslist for hopeful baby-mamas which handily allows folks to choose whether to go AI or conceive via the traditional park-the-car-in-her-garage method:

One donor, whom Carissa, a 38-year-old divorcĂ©e in Fargo, N.D., was about to invite over for a “natural insemination” session, spooked her. “He wanted me to yell, ‘Make me pregnant!’?” during sex, she says.

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