If you want to give up some of your jizz to a sperm bank in Western Australia, you must have hit the ripe old legal age of 18. To also get through one of their hoops, you’ll have to undergo some counselling with the clinic’s nurse and this will rope your partner in too if you’re in a relationship.
Counselling is mandatory to help you think out any immediate or future implications and consequences that may play out if you become a donor. Things like getting to the bottom of how you’d feel knowing that you could potentially have a stack of children running about in the world and while you assisted in their conception, and are their biological father, you won’t ever be their parent. Donating might also impact your relationship especially if you’re with a woman who wants to have a baby with you too or your parents are desperate to become grandparents – which they won’t be through this kind of arrangement.
Fertility clinics in Western Australia typically pay sperm donors $25 for their time to cover expenses associated with them donating such as transport costs and parking.
Although all clinics are happy to take on new sperm donors, some may not accept a known donor. So you might need to shop around to find a fertility or medical practice that is open to you sending a donor in. A known donor will have to go through all the same medical and genetic tests and counselling but their sperm will not go into the library for others to access, it will only be used for the selected recipient. If there are any unused embryos created through using a known donor at a clinic, they’ll only ever be able to be used by either the donor or recipient. Any excess ones cannot be given away so they can either remain stored or will have to be destroyed.
Sperm donations or gametes given by a donor are able to assist up to a maximum of five families in WA excluding the donor’s own. However, it does get grey here. This could essentially mean that a donor could have a few families depending on his relationship status! I mean, relationships breakdown all the time and new families are created. That grey area aside, any extra embryos can be passed along to other families which would also push a donor over the five family limit rule. These permissions are granted through the Assisted Reproductive Technology Council of WA. Oh, but there is another grey area…you may have donated at other clinics or overseas and it’s up to the donor to disclose this info to the clinic. If donors don’t, women will be none the wiser and could potentially choose a donor that will have her child unintentionally directly related to a few siblings to maybe a few hundred siblings.
As the donor will have signed a legal form relegating his rights to be an active dad to any resulting child from his donation, he will not be a legal parent and will not be on the birth certificate. Both known and anonymous donors have this assurance when they donate through a clinic. As a bio father, WA clinics will share the gender, year of birth, number of families and number of children born from his donation though. At least they can’t use a donation in posthumous…but, honestly, how will they know?
Fertility clinics require all sperm donors to disclose any medical and mental health issues they may have as well as genetic disorders. A donor can be liable for legal action if they do not share any known challenges or let the clinic know once they do find out after donating.
Any child born out of donor gametes in WA can seek information about their donor once they turn 16 years of age which a donor must consent to otherwise they will not be accepted by a clinic.
If a sperm donor changes his mind at a later date about giving up his jizz, he can do so at any time. This is another risk when using anonymous sperm as women who may already be using his donations and could have frozen embryos stored with the donor’s sperm. Most likely the embryo’s will have to be, eeks, terminated.
You can read all about the codes of practice in NZ and Australia right HERE
There’s more info on family limits HERE