Fertility Clinic Denies White Woman Use Of Sperm Of Other Races
A fertility clinic is not backing down after it’s long-running racist policy that prohibits women from choosing from sperm of other races has been exposed. The clinic asserts that the policy is in place to ensure that “children of an ethnic background area able to identify with their ethnic roots.”
via Huffington Post
A 38-year-old woman undergoing in vitro fertilization at a reproductive center in Alberta, Canada, was told she could use sperm only from donors who share her race. The lab’s decision is part of a policy that has been in place for decades and has recently prompted backlash online.
The Regional Fertility Program in the city of Calgary says it does not permit patients to use sperm or egg donors from any race other than their partner’s or their own. Dr. Calvin Greene, administrative director at the clinic, told The Calgary Herald that the policy has been around since the 1980s and was created with the belief that “a child of an ethnic background should have the ability to be able to identify with their ethnic roots.”
“I’m not sure that we should be creating rainbow families just because some single woman decides that that’s what she wants,” he said. “That’s her prerogative, but that’s not her prerogative in our clinic.”
The policy, as stated on the clinic’s website, reads:
Given that the health and well-being of children born through the application of assisted human reproductive technologies must be given priority in all decisions … it is the practice of the Regional Fertility Program not to permit the use of a sperm donor that would result in a future child appearing racially different than the recipient or the recipient’s partner.
The woman, who is white, told the Herald she was “floored” by the clinic’s policy, particularly because it limited the pool of people who met her criteria when she was searching for a donor back in March.
In what world is it even legal for a clinic have a hand in deciding the race of a patient’s child?? Do you see any logic in their bogus reasoning, Bossip fam? Let’s discuss.