Sperm Bank Errors

June 4, 2019
Jacqueline Mroz, NY Times

While there are no annual statistics on the number of US children born through artificial insemination, many experts have estimated the number may be as high as 60,000… and no one tracks the number of people who find that the sperm they purchased is not from the donor they chose. With DNA tests widely available, increasing numbers of parents, (or sometimes their donor-conceived children), are discovering that the wrong sperm was provided by a sperm bank, or fertility clinic, often decades after the fact. According to Dov Fox, director of the Center for Health Law Policy and Bioethics at the University of San Diego “Sperm banks are very lightly regulated… and switches or mix-ups are far more common than we know.”