BioNews - The Ohio sperm-mix up: What's the harm in giving birth to a healthy, beautiful baby girl?
08 December 2014
ByAppeared in BioNews 783
A claim filed against an Ohio sperm bank (reported in BioNews 774) for using the wrong sperm donor leading to a woman giving birth to 'a beautiful, obviously mixed race, baby girl' ignited a furore because of race. The case illustrates how references to race can affirm social and historical processes grounded upon contested biological truths and prejudice. It also raises important questions about the extent to which the law should respect reproductive decision-making in assisted conception by making the provision of redress available when things go wrong.