The FDA Weighs in on Sperm Safety

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Posted in category Lifestyle Fascism

The FDA has asked a sperm donor to cease-and-desist in the case of his community service, er, um, sperm donation. Trent Arsenault, a minister’s son from the San Francisco Bay area, just wants to help women who cannot afford governmentized sperm donor banks. Trent has fathered 14 children in five years and has four more bunnies on the way.

The case of Trent Arsenault of Fremont has drawn attention to the practice of informal sperm donation, which physicians and bioethicists call unsafe but some people say is a civil liberties issue.

…The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent Arsenault a cease-and-desist letter late last year telling him he must stop because he does not follow the agency’s requirements for getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases within seven days before giving sperm.

Violators of FDA regulations on human cells and tissues face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine, according to guidelines published on the agency’s website.

I can’t help but note how the article makes a point that the FDA’s rules and regulations will make it impossible for Trent “to keep offering his sperm for free.” That leads me to post this quote from the article:

A sperm bank will also isolate the actual sperm cells from the donor’s semen, which reduces the risk of passing along pathogens, [Dr. Mitchell] Rosen said. “In this situation there’s no reduction of risk. It’s just as if they’re going out and having a one night stand.”

And…? Yea, what about all of the standard, day-to-day donations of pathogens and other unknowns among sexual partners? Most sperm donations are indeed free, as unregulated sex is undertaken by folks everywhere, and without following FDA guidelines or “getting tested.” Finally, Arsenault says, “…it comes in a cup versus sex.” Trent’s problem with the feds is due to the fact that he has bypassed the gatekeepers of (profitable) sperm donation and he has become a one-man fertility-for-free show. That’s unfair competition. Could it be said that he is guilty of predatory pricing? After all, he is selling his assets at less than fair value.

You can see Trent’s donor resume here. Thanks to Travis Holte for the link.

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2 Responses to The FDA Weighs in on Sperm Safety

  1. JEANNIE QUEENIE says:

    December 21st, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    METHINKS THE FDA SHOULD BE MORE CONCERNED WITH THE GMO’S THAT ARE SETTING UP PARASITE FACTORIES IN ALL OF OUR GUTS. Having said that, I can’t help wondering what a stretch it is to think this kid and his ilk are deserving of purple stars for bravery. Could there honestly be anything more disgusting then the idea of sperm donation?

    This kid looks like your average altar boy, so what the hell is he doing whacking off presumably to donate sperm? I often wonder who is screwiest in these scenarios…the gal willing to take some strange sperm not knowing if a village idiot gene lurks in his gene pool…or the guy who wants to add to an already overburdened planetary population. Looks to me like a contest between dumb and dumber.

    I am struck by his hobbies and interests which include the following (Caps are my Smart A retorts to his interests)
    Hiking,*MY SUGGESTION HERE WOULD BE FOR GUY/GAL TO TAKE A HIKE INSTEAD OF ADDING TO POPULATION) Then he lists bird watching as an interest…IT‘S LIKE THIS BUD, YOU ARE DOING THAT WHILE DONATING–ya know, the boidy!—

    habitat conservation–THROW AROUND A FEW DOZEN OF THOSE SPERM AND FORGET ABOUT CONSERVATION…..reading—CHECK OUT A GOOD BOOK WITH A REAL LIVE GUY MAKING IT WITH A REAL LIVE WOMAN…travel—-(YOU MIGHT WANT TO VISIT/TRAVEL ALL THOSE COUNTRIES WHERE STARVATION EXISTS..THE SLICES OF THE PIE ARE GETTING WAY TO SMALL AS IT IS..WHY THE HELL WOULD ONE ADD TO IT?)

    technology and computers,(METHINKS HE’D DO BEST TO PLAY WITH HIS LAPTOP INSTEAD OF WHAT’S IN HIS LAP)…… astronomy/space, METHINKS AGAIN ONE IS FAR OUT IN SPACE WHETHER DONOR OR DONEE…KEEP YOUR CELESTIAL LEANINGS TO YOURSELF FOR ONCE ALL THOSE LITTLE SPERMEES ARE ‘OUT THERE’, THEY COULD END UP MEETING EACH OTHER DOWN THE ROAD..AND MARRYING ONE’S OWN SISTER..AND THIS HAS HAPPENED….artificial intelligence, I WONDER IF TOO MUCH TIME ON COMPUTERS LEADS TO ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE…GET A GRIP BUD AND USE SOME REAL INTELLIGENCE IN THESE MATTERS.

    cultures and languages—HOW ABOUT THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE….
    LOADS MORE FUN AND EXCITING THAN WHACKING OFF BY ONESELF…
    amateur radio communications—-BEST BE PLAYING WITH RADIO THAN WITH ONESELF… organic food—-OR COULD THIS BE THE FOOD OF THE ORGAN…YA KNOW–BARNEY FRANKFURTER’S GARBLED TALKING WITH SOMEONE’S KIDS IN HIS MOUTH!!…farming—I WOULD THINK YOU WOULD PREFER THE REAL GMO’S..THAT IS GOOD MEN’S ORGASMS WITH A HOT CHICK NOT A TEST TUBE… holistic health–REAL HOLISTIC HEALTH DEMANDS A REAL HOLE, NOT A TEST TUBE…GET A GRIP GUY…OH, I FORGOT YOU ALREADY HAVE A GRIP…Native american history….YOU THINK THE NATIVES REMAINED IN ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT PLAYING WATCH-AMEE-BLOW BIG BIRD..
    OR DID INJUNS MAYBE HOLLER, ‘COME HERE POCAHANTAS AND WATCH ME POKA OR SLAP THE SLIPPERY SNAKE”…medical studies, sustainable energy—DO WHAT HE IS DOING LONG ENOUGH, AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY IS DOUBTFUL… robotics—THIS INCLUDES MEN WHO DON’T DO THE REAL THING BUT PREFER OTHER GUYS OR TEST TUBES…OR LIKE THE BOYS AT THE SEC WHO PREFERRED TO WHACK OFF AT PORN SITES WHILE MADOFF MADE OFF WITH BILLIONS ……and automation, WHAT TOO MANY AMERICAN MEN ARE LIKE IN BED…PURE AUTOMATONS…..promoting equality—-YOU MEAN LIKE WE SHOULD ALL BOW DOWN TO THE LATEST TRANVESTITE TWISTED TWIT….teaching, mentoring—-WOW, WHERE IS THIS JOB…AT NAMBLA?
    PERHAPS OBLAHBLAH COULD ADD IT TO JOBS NUMBERS EVERY FRIDAY EVE. volunteering at church and community.—-LIKE DOING WHAT…PRIESTS ALREADY VOLUNTEER PERVERSIONS 24/7…WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO USURP THAT? AND WORSE, ADD THE VENEER OF HOLINESS/GIVING LIFE. SIMPLY PUT, THIS IS AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS NOT COME, EVEN THOUGH THE KID PROBABLY DOES (COME) EACH TIME.

  2. Ben says:

    December 22nd, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I have no idea how I can cover this topic on my podcast, but I will try.
    Karen, thank you for stepping out there and exposing this unbelievable intrusion into what should be an entirely private matter.
    Imagine if this went to court and the FDA won. The legal precedent could be staggeringly draconian.

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