The shoddy business of trading with human gametes

Zentrum-f-r-Reproduktionsmedizin-3-When lesbian couples want to have a baby, they go out looking for the “perfect” sperm donor. In this case, they opted for a man “with an IQ of 160, an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and a master’s degree in artificial intelligence”. But unfortunately, it turned out that nothing of this was true:

He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot.

That’s why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child.

Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sperm, they got a batch of emails from the sperm bank that unexpectedly — and perhaps mistakenly — included the donor’s name. That set them on a sleuthing mission that quickly revealed he is schizophrenic, dropped out of college and had been arrested for burglary, they said in a lawsuit filed March 31 in Atlanta.

On top of that, the photo of him they’d seen when deciding on a donor had been altered to remove a large mole on his cheek, the suit says.

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