It’s not the physical attributes or medical history of sperm donors that worry many Indian couples opting for assisted reproduction.
Their main concern is religion, a report said yesterday.
Infertility specialists in the western city of Bombay said two in every 10 couples contemplating in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) insisted on knowing the religion of the donor, the Asian Age newspaper reported.
Gynaecologist Hrishikesh Pai said: “Recently a couple insisted the sperm be from a Catholic donor. After a lot of counselling, they agreed to a general donor. Muslims, too, are particular about the religion of the donor.”
One couple from the Parsi community decided to remain childless after their request for a Parsi donor was turned down, the report said.
Now a faithful Catholic sperm would know that IVF is always wrong and would refuse to mingle in the petri dish. Maybe he would protest and ask for “conscientious injector” status. It is pretty ironic that a Catholic couple would use IVF and then be concerned that the sperm be from a Catholic donor. I guess knowledge of the faith is no better in India then it is here.