Man Who Donates Free Sperm Declared Outlaw
Trent Arsenault, the father of fourteen and expecting father of three more has been notified that his days of donating sperm for free are over. Mr. Arsenault has donated sperm for five years, offering his semen free to women he meets on the internet.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has informed him to stop giving away his sperm or face a $100,000 fine or up to five years in prison. The FDA claims that he is in violation of federal regulations that require a blood test every time a person donates any kinds of body tissue or fluid.
Mr. Arsenault says the regulations should not apply to people who are providing sperm to people they know. It's become more commonplace for people to turn to friends, neighbors and relatives for private sperm donations as same-sex couples, single women and couples are having troubles conceiving.
Mr. Arsenault is an engineer who got his start donating sperm by answering an online ad from a couple who had trouble conceiving a baby. He says, “It only takes me 15 minutes to do my part.”
Before donating, he and the parents sign contracts that absolve him of any fathering rights or responsibilities. He claims to have given 348 sperm donations to 46 women. He claims that it would be expensive to get blood tests every time he donated sperm, especially when he's giving it away for free.
On his website, he claims to have attended the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. Maryland and to have a degree in Engineering and Computer Science.