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Would you pick your sperm donor by his fashion sense?

Donation clinic creates online brochure to help women choose their baby’s biological dad from personality traits, dress sense and hobbies

Posted: 26 July 2011
by Kimberley Smith
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The London Sperm Bank is creating an online brochure of sperm donors to help infertile couples and single women choose the characteristics of their baby’s biological father.

“They can access the catalogue from home and make their choices online,” said a spokesperson for the sperm bank, explaining how women would no longer need to visit the clinic to choose their sperm donor.

The catalogue includes a statement from the donor, explaining why they’re donating and observations from clinic staff about the donor’s dress sense and personality.

Sperm banks currently are not legally required to provide details about donors but many offer basic physical descriptions, education or job details to give women some means of making the decision.

There is currently debate about whether donors should receive more money to encourage men to volunteer but records show that male donors are actually on the increase without this incentive.

Sperm banks are not allowed to release any information that would allow donors to be identified but children born from donations are able to trace their biological parents once they turn 18.

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