Seven families across Canada are suing an Ontario sperm bank, saying it misled them about their sperm donor's history, which includes a degenerative genetic condition and a false academic background. The families said the clinic in Newmarket, a town north of Toronto, told them donors go through extensive screening and genetic testing. The families say they would not have chosen the donor had they known the truth about his background and health. CBC News has asked Outreach for comment and has yet to receive a response. The allegations have yet to be proven in court. As the disease progresses, it can become so severe that some lose the ability to walk.
Couples sue Ontario sperm bank over donor’s health ‘lies’
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Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. Outreach Health Services, which imports and distributes donor sperm, did not respond to requests for comment. None of the allegations have been proven in court. The families allege that Newmarket, Ont. Read more: Rule change makes it easier for women undergoing fertility treatment to access sperm from known donors. In reality, the claims allege, Donor worked as a lab technician, did not have any advanced degrees and has genetic abnormalities that include Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Sperm bank misled families about donor's genetic disorder, $30M lawsuit claims
Donor sperm is commonly used by single and same sex female couples to achieve a pregnancy. It is also used in the treatment of severe male factor infertility. Donor insemination can be used alone, or in combination with ovarian stimulation, depending on the particular situation. In either case, insemination with donor sperm is timed to coincide with ovulation.
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