Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alison Wheatley
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There has been a great deal of discussion about the ethical implications of donating sperm and of the ways in which donated tissue is presented, selected, and sold for use in assisted reproduction. Debates have emerged within the academic sphere, from donor offspring and recipients, and in broader popular culture, including questions about the commodification of human tissue and the eugenic potential of selecting donors from particular demographic categories. However, the voices of donors themselves on this subject have been largely silent. This paper draws on data from qualitative interviews with men who donated at a major Danish sperm bank between 2012-2013. It argues that many of them are indeed thinking through these complex issues. Donors' approaches to ethical issues fell into two broad 'types': a pragmatic, individualistic approach which focused on more immediate personal consequences, and an ethically-driven approach in which donors considered the impact of donation on offspring and on a wider societal level.
Author(s): Wheatley A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy
Print publication date: 01/06/2018
Online publication date: 01/09/2017
Acceptance date: 08/08/2017
Date deposited: 14/08/2017
ISSN (print): 1386-7423
ISSN (electronic): 1572-8633
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
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