Are Sperm Banks in the Business of Eugenics?

The most prominent sperm bank in the UK is under investigation after turning away donors with dyslexia and other questionable characteristics. This raises an important question: Should sperm banks be in the business of making “better” babies?

Source: Are Sperm Banks in the Business of Eugenics?

Picking who you have children with can also be considered eugenics…

This is another of those weird new instances where there isn’t really a difference between what is going on here with the assistance of new technology and what has been going on for a while, but the new thing feels really disconcerting. I don’t know if that feeling is justified, but it is there, and I think we’d do well to talk about it openly, at the very least.

In addition, though, this is sort of different because this necessarily applies a scientific sheen to what are unscientific gut feelings a lot of the time (as we currently know it). The reality is that we don’t really know what genes cause what things in people, or whether they are entirely genetic. Narrowing the pool of sperm donors like this seems like a hasty reaction that might not end up being beneficial at all and only really serves to further stigmatize those diseases and disabilities.

Then there’s the part about assessment based on things that can be due to epigenetics…

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