Australian Fertility Clinic Turns To USA For Sperm Donations

Australian fertility clinics and sperm banks, due to a shortage of local depositors, are turning to the USA to make up the shortfall.

Queensland Fertility Group, the largest fertility clinic in Townsville, 1300 kilometers from Brisbane, pays more than $700 an ampule for sperm imported from the U.S.

In the past, clinics used to rely on university students who were short on cash to donate sperm but these days not enough north Queensland men, or even Australian men, are prepared to donate.

Infertility specialist Dr Ron Chang attributed this decline to recent changes to the law that mean sperm donors have to be contactable once the child they helped to conceive turns 18.

“All the donors stopped coming forward because they didn’t want a knock on the door in 18 years time,” he said.

“I think children should have the right to know their biological parents, but it has a knock-on effect.”

The shortage has also prompted IVF clinics nationwide to get creative about attracting potential donors.

New South Wales’ largest clinic, IVF Australia, launched an online advertising campaign with tag lines such as: “You’ve got millions to spare, we only need one.”

American men beware, unless you want to hear in 18 years time “G’Day Dad.”

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9 Responses to Australian Fertility Clinic Turns To USA For Sperm Donations

  1. Randal Graves

    April 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I could use a few extra bucks. I hope my kids grow up to be refs in Aussie rules football. Those suits are spiffy.

    • Holte Ender

      April 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm

      They spend way to much money on referee uniforms, so much in fact they can’t afford shirts with sleeves for the players.

  2. Infidel753

    April 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Sounds like we should all go to Australia for National Masturbation Day.

    Ladies who prefer to observe National Prayer Day can beseech the Lord for miraculous parthenogenesis instead, and save themselves the fees.

    • Holte Ender

      April 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm

      Perhaps we should rent an oil tanker and when we make our donation on Masturbation Day, we could send the poor overdrawn sperm banks of Australia, the proverbial boat load.

  3. fourdinners

    April 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    G’day Spermy! Have a Fosters on me mate!

    • Holte Ender

      April 28, 2010 at 11:09 pm

      Not sure I’d like to see lots of Dinners lookalikes going walkabout in the outback making friends with Dingos.

  4. Tom Harper

    April 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    For men whose biological clocks are ticking, this is the perfect solution.

    • Holte Ender

      April 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      Us old geezers are fully functional, but not sure an 18 year-old would appreciate an 100 year-old daddy.

  5. laksgmiraju

    June 26, 2010 at 4:15 am

    pleasehelp tha poopru populs and charhch popules