Sunday, October 7, 2007

Grandpa/Dad. Blurring the Lines

The headline reads "Grandad to Father his Own Grandkid" and the gut reaction becomes "HUH?!". A 72 year old British man was asked by his son and daughter-in-law to be a sperm donor since the son has not been able to get his wife pregnant. The couple wanted the child to have the same genetic material as the father, and since he has no brothers, the grandfather was the only male available to donate such genetic material. However, because the grandfather is 72, the donated sperm will not be as good as young sperm. The chances of IVF failure, miscarriage, autism and Down's syndrome are all higher.

If the couple is concerned with genetic material, why wouldn't they choose healthy anonymous sperm over grandpa's? How are they going to explain to the child that he is a half-brother of his own father? What are your thoughts?

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