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View Poll Results: Could you "donate?"
Sure, if I needed the money 34 53.13%
No way, no how 25 39.06%
I have in the past 1 1.56%
Great idea, I'm gonna do it today! 4 6.25%
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:12 AM   #31 (Print)
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:17 AM   #32 (Print)
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I'd have no problem doing it.

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It would wrack my brain wondering if that donation lead to offspring that I was unaware of.



I look back at my college activities and wonder about this all the time anyway.

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Old 12-30-2005, 11:22 AM   #33 (Print)
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I have a problem with the second generation of "bank babies." Assuming a donor gives regularly, the chances of him anonymously "fathering" both boys and girls is high. Most of these kids will grow up and remain in the same town, so the chance of half-siblings marrying is > zero. And they would never know.

They have to check for these kinds of things. I'd assume only one woman per geographic area gets to use one man, or something. I don't really know or anything, but, really, I assume this has been thought of before. I hope so, at least. How's that?

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Old 12-30-2005, 11:32 AM   #34 (Print)
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When I was younger, like early 20's, I would have done this (but didn't need the money, so didn't), and in fact knew some guys who did it regularly. Now that I'm older, more mature, and have kids of my own I absolutely would not do it.
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:37 AM   #35 (Print)
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Pretty amazing how much children change you life, before I had kids I know my answer would have been no problem... need money, make a donation. Now that I have children I don't think I could do that and then wonder about children that were mine out there that I did not know about.

I'd worry too much about if they were treated well and whatnot.

Bingo!

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Old 12-30-2005, 11:39 AM   #36 (Print)
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I considered it when I was in college. At fifty bucks a throw it sounded like a hell of an untapped resource! I didn't, however, because I wouldn't want to see a kid in the mall and wonder. My mother once nearly had a heart attack in the grocery store after seeing a little boy in an outfit she KNEW had been mine and was in the batch that went to Goodwill. I didn't want to have a similar experience.

That said, before I got married and had kids I had a mental list of dear friends to whom I would gladly donate if they had fertility problems. Now, however, that prospect is a great deal more complicated and I (somewhat shamefully) think I wouldn't do it.

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Old 12-30-2005, 11:40 AM   #37 (Print)
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They have to check for these kinds of things. I'd assume only one woman per geographic area gets to use one man, or something. I don't really know or anything, but, really, I assume this has been thought of before. I hope so, at least. How's that?

Well, you're assuming kids will only marry from hometowns? It doesn't matter if you separate the donations across the country, the icky possibility exists that they could still find each other someday.

Here's another gross thought: what if a guy who screwed around (pun intended) as a youth fathered a daughter, then 20 years later met some hot chick who is into older men....

[/shudder]

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Old 12-30-2005, 11:41 AM   #38 (Print)
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Well, you're assuming kids will only marry from hometowns? It doesn't matter if you separate the donations across the country, the icky possibility exists that they could still find each other someday.

Here's another gross thought: what if a guy who screwed around (pun intended) as a youth fathered a daughter, then 20 years later met some hot chick who is into older men....

[/shudder]

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Old 12-30-2005, 11:43 AM   #39 (Print)
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I would do it if I had no kids, but not now.
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:45 AM   #40 (Print)
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Yeah, hilarity and vomitting ensues.

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Old 12-30-2005, 11:49 AM   #41 (Print)
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Here's another gross thought: what if a guy who screwed around (pun intended) as a youth fathered a daughter, then 20 years later met some hot chick who is into older men....

[/shudder]

Actually they just made that movie.

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/rumor_has_it/

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Old 12-30-2005, 11:56 AM   #42 (Print)
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Damn, always the bridesmaid....

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Old 12-30-2005, 12:18 PM   #43 (Print)
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I have a problem with the second generation of "bank babies." Assuming a donor gives regularly, the chances of him anonymously "fathering" both boys and girls is high. Most of these kids will grow up and remain in the same town, so the chance of half-siblings marrying is > zero. And they would never know.


The same thing could said of people like - adoptees. I could have siblings out there and never know. That risk has existed for a long time.

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Old 12-30-2005, 02:26 PM   #44 (Print)
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I agree with what Indy and Extremist said - maybe at some point in the past I could have done so with no problem, but not now, after having my own kids.

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Old 12-30-2005, 02:48 PM   #46 (Print)
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Old 12-30-2005, 02:53 PM   #47 (Print)
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Do they offer direct deposit?

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Old 12-30-2005, 02:53 PM   #48 (Print)
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Just a general question.

Is there a screening process before someone "donates"?

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Old 12-30-2005, 02:56 PM   #49 (Print)
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Do they offer direct deposit?

I hope that doesn't involve needles.

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I just couldn't do it. I have this weird thing about my genes staying with only children I want to raise. Don't want to pass on this red hair to just anybody.

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Old 12-30-2005, 02:57 PM   #51 (Print)
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Just a general question.

Is there a screening process before someone "donates"?


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Old 12-30-2005, 03:04 PM   #52 (Print)
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I'd have to insist on doing it the old fashioned way.


Seriously, though.
How long until someone hits up a sperm donor for child support?

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Old 12-30-2005, 03:06 PM   #53 (Print)
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Just a general question.

Is there a screening process before someone "donates"?

Yes, and it's rather intense. I mean, so I've heard.

I know that sounds like a joke, but honestly, so I've heard. I've never actually been through the process, but would have no problem with it.

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Old 12-30-2005, 03:19 PM   #54 (Print)
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Yes, and it's rather intense. I mean, so I've heard.

I know that sounds like a joke, but honestly, so I've heard. I've never actually been through the process, but would have no problem with it.



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Old 12-30-2005, 03:23 PM   #55 (Print)
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I would do it, no problem at all. However, at almost 40, I am too old. The oldest that I saw some banks would take is 38. But if anyone here has a need...


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Pretty amazing how much children change you life, before I had kids I know my answer would have been no problem... need money, make a donation. Now that I have children I don't think I could do that and then wonder about children that were mine out there that I did not know about.

I'd worry too much about if they were treated well and whatnot.



I'm not picking on extremist, because many have echoed this sentiment, but I just don't get this.

I know a few couples that can't/are having trouble conceiving. As Thaed mentioned, I'm too old now to donate, but would probably do it if I was younger.

The thought of allowing a couple to give birth to a child that might otherwise not have the opportunity greatly outweighs any thoughts I might have about "children that were mine out there".

As far as worrying about how they're treated, I would think that most couples that go through this process are truly interested in having a child that they can love. It's not like people would go through the cost and effort of having a child this way so that they could sell it on the "black market" or shun it.

There's not many times/ways in life that you can help someone's dreams come true. This seems to be one of them.

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I'm not picking on extremist, because many have echoed this sentiment, but I just don't get this.

I know a few couples that can't/are having trouble conceiving. As Thaed mentioned, I'm too old now to donate, but would probably do it if I was younger.

The thought of allowing a couple to give birth to a child that might otherwise not have the opportunity greatly outweighs any thoughts I might have about "children that were mine out there".

As far as worrying about how they're treated, I would think that most couples that go through this process are truly interested in having a child that they can love. It's not like people would go through the cost and effort of having a child this way so that they could sell it on the "black market" or shun it.

There's not many times/ways in life that you can help someone's dreams come true. This seems to be one of them.
I figure there are plenty of people willing to do it for money, so it's all the more reason for me not to donate. I think there will always be a market for it, and personally, I really feel uncomfortable when someone else with half my DNA is walking around on the street.

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Old 12-30-2005, 03:40 PM   #58 (Print)
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For me, I'm divorced and get my kids only 50% of the time. That's too little in my book. I just couldn't live with the knowledge that a kid of mine is out there somewhere that I don't get to see, hold, play around with, make laugh, watch grow, and on and on. The list is endless.

For those who can't procreate, this route is certainly fine enough since there are men willing to donate. But there are also plenty of orphans from what I understand.

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This thread topic is not appropriate for this forum, and the political jabs certainly sealed it's fate.

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