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Come again, Aussie backpackers told

AUSTRALIAN men backpacking through the UK are among the biggest
sperm donors in London, new figures reveal.

London fertility clinics have reported that up to a third of sperm donors
are now foreigners, and many are visitors from Down Under, the Mercury
reports.

One of the capital's biggest clinics, the Bridge Centre, said Australian
backpackers became donors to earn money to support their travels.

"What you get with the 'grand tour' is very enterprising people who look at
every single way of making a buck," spokesman Tim Mott said.

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With an official report yesterday warning that donor numbers in Britain
were critically low, the clinics are hoping more travelling Aussies will lend a
hand.

"We need them. We need that winning spirit and we need some more left-
handed batsmen so we're hoping that's in the gene set," Mr Mott joked.

"If you're on the grand tour and you're spending 12 months in the UK,
here's something you can do to make a bit of extra money.

"They should have it on the same 'to do list' as going to the rugby at
Twickenham.

"It's a good cause and if we get enough Australian donors you could end
up colonising the UK instead of the other way round."

Fertility clinics can offer donors limited reimbursement for time lost at work
and travel expenses.

For 20 visits over several months, the payments could add up to £500
($1200), Mr Mott said.

Donors lost their right to remain anonymous when new laws were
introduced in the UK in 2005.

Children conceived through this process can now contact their biological
fathers once they turn 18.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24646514-13762,00.html
 

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British Sperm Shortage

(UK) With recent changes in confidentiality laws, British men are less apt to become sperm donors and a shortage of donors coupled with a limit of 10 babies per each donor means that sperm banks are unable to meet demand for the tiny messengers.
"The only countries that seem to have enough sperm are those that pay - like the U.S. and Spain - or the countries that retain anonymity," said Allan Pacey, a member of the British Fertility Society that warned of the shortage in the British Medical Journal.

"In the countries that have removed anonymity ... there seems to be a problem," he said.​
The lack of confidentiality has softened the willingness of men to become sperm donors who apparently fear the possibility of a person showing up sometime in the future with daddy issues. And, recent cases indicate that the law is not settled regarding child support obligations of sperm donors.

In summary, British men are pulling out of the baby batter business, drying up deposits at sperm banks. Of course, the problem would be simply solved if sperm donors were paid. Something like $100 per unit for run-of-the-mill sperm progressing to $1,000 per unit for the premium stuff would force sperm banks to open drive-thrus.

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