Many other nations regulate the fertility industry. Should the U.S. emulate them?
SUMMARY: The fertility industry in the United States is largely unregulated. This lets consumers and business people dictate what is acceptable, what is normal and what is allowable . Including the extreme case of one sperm donor and 150 offspring. Can this become a problem? If more regulation is applied, how would it affect women?
STRUCTURAL FUNCTIONAL: ( Asks the question, what is the purpose?)
1. The purpose of further regulation on the fertility industry is to add a limit to sperm bank donations. This will prevent from having one donor, have 150 offspring.
2. There is also a possibility that genes for a rare disease could possibly spread more widely.
3. Fertility clinic and sperm banks are earning huge profits.
SOCIAL CONFLICT: (Inequality,conflict,change)
1. There is a ban on gay men sperm donors. Which leads to the conflict of discrimination on lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.
2. It is a woman's choice to opt for an insemination. Manifest function (intended consequence) women now gain more power in society to make the decision of having a baby, whether single or not.
3. There can be cases of accidental incest due to minimal information about the donor and off springs.
SYMBOLIC INTERACTION: (changing, subjective, Verstehen- placed in someone else's shoes)
1. Lack of rules spurred innovation. The latent function (unexpected consequence) was the innovation. With new technology, women can get pregnant if they chose to.
2. Transformed fertility from conservative side of medicine to a consumer-driven business.
3. Gave women the power to choose
PERSONAL REACTION: In my opinion, regulation on the fertility industry should be improved. Many problems can be fixed by adding extra information on the donor. This can impede 150 offspring and the spread of any disease. Fertility clinics and sperm banks are earning immense profits by allowing many children to be conceived with sperm from popular donors. It is also easy for a sperm donor to donate to one sperm bank and move too the next. There are also arguments about minimizing women's right to choose. I believe that if regulation was improvised, women will benefit from its effects. I think the main conflict is on the discrimination of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. Everyone has the right to conceive and donate. As long as the state of mind is prepared for new responsibilities, it does not matter what a person's sexuality is.