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Here's a story that brings up a problem for some IVF participants. A man wanted to continue his family line, but his wife was unable to bear children, so he came up with a solution: Became a sperm donor. Being a choosy guy, and not necessarily wanting to be a real father, though we can't rule that out, he waited 41 years to consent to a couple using his sperm.

We've heard that a couple of families want to keep sperm of a dead husband, ex-husband, or son, but this is different. Sociologist Rene Almeling says that some children will never have even the potential to meet their donor dad because that bio-dad will be long dead.


Comments:

It's interesting to see "A man wanted to continue his family line" and realize that he meant merely continuing his genetic strain. Historically, the "family line" meant quite a bit more than that. A definite worldview shift is in view here.
Even more troubling is the issue of frozen embryos, which the article mentioned only in passing and which is not discussed nearly enough.