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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec 20, 2011 / 24 Kislev, 5772

Feds Worry His Cup Runneth Over

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Trent Arsenault is the Barry Bonds of sperm. The 36-year-old, Fremont man boasts that he has sired 14 babies -- with four more in the oven -- via a free sperm-donation service that he promotes on the Internet. Women contact him when they are ovulating. "It only takes me 15 minutes to do my part," he explained to Chronicle reporter Erin Allday. "They'll send me a text message, and by the time they get to my house, it's hot off the press" -- in a sterile cup.

Arsenault has been so successful that, like Bonds, he has attracted the scrutiny of the federal government. Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Arsenault he must cease "manufacturing" sperm, as his establishment was not in compliance with regulations that require tests for communicable diseases every time a man donates sperm. If the FDA successfully pursues the case, then Arsenault could face a $100,000 fine or a year in prison.

The government is in an odd position. There's no law that prohibits a man from impregnating 14 women -- as long as he has sex with them. There's no law that requires men to be tested before intercourse.

Federal test requirements for fluid exchanges apply to sperm banks, but Arsenault doesn't charge for his seed. He offers a low-tech, no-middleman, turkey-baster alternative that allows women to inseminate themselves.

Arsenault calls himself a "donor-sexual" -- "what it means is that 100 percent of my sexual energy is devoted to being a sperm donor." For Arsenault, donating sperm is his way of exercising a "fundamental right" to reproduce "out of love to have a child."

Arsenault leaves the door open to having a relationship with his offspring. But first, Arsenault asks women to sign a contract in which they relinquish the rights to hold him "legally, financially or emotionally responsible for any child(ren) or medical expense that results from the artificial insemination procedure."

"This is ethically despicable," said Art Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. "First of all, getting sperm from someone who intends to maintain a relationship with the children is playing with fire."

Women should beware the risks in having a child with a man they don't really know. What if Arsenault, contrary to his contract, wants custody? There's the possibility of a genetic disease, even inadvertent incest, among the children of a big donor. In September, The New York Times reported on a sperm-bank donor who sired 150 children. Caplan noted American politicians "have just not been willing to set any kind of reasonable restrictions on anything having to do with reproductive technology."

Other countries limit the number of children a sperm donor may father -- in the United Kingdom, the limit is 10 -- but not in the United States, where fertility is big business.

"It seems to me the FDA may well be overreaching," said Caplan, "but it doesn't bother me in the least, because no one else is paying attention."

At least the FDA is alerting women to the risks in using a freelance sperm donor. To wit: Some day these children will grow up to learn about their "donor-sexual" dad.

It's a free country. It's a brave new world. Caplan worries, "Who's looking out for the kids who result from this?" _

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