A new documentary called “Anonymous Father’s Day” is creating quite a stir. Produced by the Center for Bioethics and Culture, the film examines the ethical problems of sperm donation in the United States. It specifically looks at what happens when human life is “commodified” — when we treat having a child the way we do buying a new sofa.
These are the kinds of films we need to take seriously. Like most new technologies, sperm donation went quickly from being possible to being accepted with very little ethical reflection. In fact, we rarely slow down to ask “Should we do this?” Instead, we only ask “Can we do this?”
And we never ask, where will this technology take us? Normalizing sperm banks paved the way for the first embryo bank a few years back, where parents could purchase excess embryos that were most likely to look like themselves. This sounds more like selling kids than adopting them to me. I’ll link to the film at The PointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.