Thursday, May 05, 2005

Is your sperm the Gay?

The FDA is going to implement new policies that prevent homosexual men from being sperm donors.

“Under these rules, a heterosexual man who had unprotected sex with HIV-positive prostitutes would be OK as a donor one year later, but a gay man in a monogamous, safe-sex relationship is not OK unless he’s been celibate for five years,” said Leland Traiman, director of a clinic in Alameda, Calif., that seeks gay sperm donors.


I don't find the idea of sperm donors appealing, nor do I understand what would motivate someone to donate their sperm. However in my opinion this clause constitutes discrimination based on sexual preferences, not an attempt to improve safety standards for sperm donors. Improved safety standards would involve tighter screening procedures for ALL potential donors, not simply preventing an entire group from participating.

This caring thing is so tiring, I quit.

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