Woman Sues FDA Over Sperm Donor Regulation
An Oakland, Calif., woman filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concerning regulations preventing her using free sperm to get pregnant.
Government accountability group Cause of Action filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of the woman, who was not identified, against the FDA in federal court in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The woman, who is a lesbian, wanted to get pregnant using a friend's sperm to avoid paying for a fertility clinic or a sperm bank.
The FDA requires donors to undergo blood and urine tests within a week of a body-tissue transfer -- something the woman sees as invasive, time consuming and unnecessary.
"If there are donors like this who are not charging as a service, and not serving as a business, the FDA should not be intervening," said Amber Abbasi, Cause of Action's chief counsel for regulatory affairs.