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Donated Eggs And Sperm

Do you have any views on the use of donated eggs or sperm? It worries me that there is now a vast number of people with half-siblings that they do not know of and could meet one day and marry.

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 ---M.P. on 6/2/06
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M.P., I have the same worry too. Donating eggs or sperm is NOT God's way. Faith and prayer for a baby is God's way. If it's not meant to be, then God's ways are HIGHER than our ways and He'll show us why. I am a barren woman and did IVF with my husband. I regret even doing that because it's man's way, not God's way. Even though it would have been our own child using our own equipment.
---Donna9759 on 6/7/08

The same could be said of children separated for adoption at an early age - and actually, there was a special on TV a few years ago giving more than one example of just that. So, should we cease the practice of adoption? If you're that concerned, both of you should have your DNA tested to see if you're related. That certainly could put an end to the worry.
---daphn8897 on 8/19/07

I am old enough to remember... must have had a senior moment cause didn't make the connection... oh well (heavy sigh)...
---daphn8897 on 6/7/06

I figured you did Daphne, I just didn't want some way too serious person to jump my case! :) You most likely knew it was me too! Are you old enough to remember 'Emily Latella' (Gilda Radner) from the old SNL?
---NVBarbara on 6/7/06

I know it was... ;o)
---daphn8897 on 6/7/06

Just a joke Daphne, lighten up. :)
---Emily_L. on 6/6/06

E.Latella, That is just WRONG.. on so many levels... ;o)
---daphn8897 on 6/6/06

Sally in UK. approx. 13,000 women have A.I.D. each year (Artificial Insemination by Donor). In the year 1997-98 1,300 babies were born through A.I.D. so that is a 10% success rate. For women to donate eggs it is a much more invasive technique so fewer babies are conceived from donor eggs than from donor sperm but this still means that there are a lot of children who have no way of tracing their ancestry. This is in addition to the many illegitimate children with unknown fathers and adopted children.
---M.P. on 6/6/06

I'd fry it up and give it to my husband....OH, I thought you said eggs and SPAM...
---E.Latella on 6/6/06

M.P., Adoption records have never been kept in one central spot, always with whatever private or public agency, so, unless you knew you had siblings or were adopted, you very well could end up together and never know it. One gentleman in the report actually dated his sister, quite seriously, for a period of time. Didn't find out until years later that they were full brother and sister. Their biological parents had many children, and apparently gave 2 or three up for adoption when they were born.
---daphn8897 on 6/5/06

How often is this really happening? Who are these donaters of the eggs and sperm? I don't know.
---Sally on 6/4/06

I cannot condemn a Christian couple who, after prayer and consideration, choose IVF as a way of having a child.

But as a matter of counsel, I would not advise it.
---Jack on 6/4/06

2 I am not personally involved in any case like this but the fact that it could so easily happen does worry me. In addition to the donated sperm and eggs there are also many naturally conceived children with half siblings on both mothers and fathers side these days and I feel that this is a problem that will get worse as time goes on.
---M.P. on 6/3/06

Daphne, I thought that detailed records were kept of which family the children were adopted by (especially where siblings are concerned) so that marriage between family members could not happen. Adoption is rarely kept secret these days so checks can be made when the child reaches 18. Donors, however, have anonymity and I'm not too sure if every parent would tell their children that they were the result of a donation. DNA tests would be the only way for them, but only if they knew of their own origin.
---M.P. on 6/3/06

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