Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 32

Thread: Feds issue warning to unconventional sperm donor

  1. #1
    Elite Member sluce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Top Secret Spy for Leann Rimes
    Posts
    37,330

    Default Feds issue warning to unconventional sperm donor

    Feds issue warning to unconventional sperm donor - Yahoo! News

    ..Feds issue warning to unconventional sperm donor
    By MARCUS WOHLSEN

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man from the San Francisco Bay area has fathered 14 children in the last five years through free sperm donations to women he meets through his website — and is now in trouble with the federal government.

    The case of Trent Arsenault of Fremont has drawn attention to the practice of informal sperm donation, which physicians and bioethicists call unsafe but some people say is a civil liberties issue.

    Arsenault says he donates sperm out of a sense of service to help people who want to have children but can't afford conventional sperm banks. The 36-year-old minister's son has four more children on the way.

    "I always had known through people praying at church that there's fertility issues," Arsenault told The Associated Press on Monday. "I thought it would just be a neat way of service to help the community."

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent Arsenault a cease-and-desist letter late last year telling him he must stop because he does not follow the agency's requirements for getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases within seven days before giving sperm. The FDA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    Violators of FDA regulations on human cells and tissues face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine, according to guidelines published on the agency's website.

    Arsenault gets tested regularly, but following the FDA's rules would make it impossible to keep offering his sperm for free, he said.

    "The regulations may be little bit strict, but I think that's appropriate," said Dr. Mitchell Rosen, director of the University of California, San Francisco Fertility Preservation Center.

    Rosen said it's not uncommon for women to use donated sperm from someone they know. But trusting a donor who is being honest about his background is no substitute for screening for diseases that could be passed on to the mother or child, he said.

    A sperm bank will also isolate the actual sperm cells from the donor's semen, which reduces the risk of passing along pathogens, Rosen said. "In this situation there's no reduction of risk. It's just as if they're going out and having a one night stand."

    Arsenault believes the FDA tracked him down from his website, which advertises his availability as a sperm donor. While some men offer their sperm through anonymous ads on Craigslist, Arsenault's site is filled with photographs of the trim, blond Midwest native. In its letter, the agency describes Arsenault's service as a business. Arsenault disagrees.

    "This is not a business or a clinic. It's just people partnering up to have a baby out of compassion," he said.

    At the time of the FDA letter, the Silicon Valley computer security specialist had made 328 sperm donations to 46 women, a number he said is now higher. He can continue to donate sperm while the case is pending.

    Experts say the volume of sperm donations by Arsenault creates risks for future generations. They say the greater the number of children, the greater the chances of spreading a genetic defect. Children who don't know they're related could also unwittingly have sex, though unlike the anonymous sperm donor system used by sperm banks, Arsenault keeps careful track of his offspring.

    "There's a danger of accidental incest or inbreeding if you're the father of 14 children" and a habitual sperm donor, said bioethicist Arthur Caplan at University of Pennsylvania. "Nobody should be involved as a sperm donor on that level. It's not safe."

    Caplan said the FDA may have a tough time asserting its authority over this kind of informal activity, though. Other medical experts think the agency may have a case since it deals with the safety of public health.

    "He should not be allowed to do it unless he gets himself tested" and follow the same rules as sperm banks, said Dr. Stanley Korenman, associate dean of ethics at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.

    The difference between asking a friend to donate sperm and the San Francisco case is a matter of volume, experts says.

    "This guy is doing it commercially. He's turning out a lot of babies. If you have a friend doing it once or twice it's not a big deal," Korenman said.

    The oldest child Arsenault has fathered is now 4. He and the recipients, whom he describes as "intimate partners," sign a legal agreement ahead of time stripping him of any custody rights and absolving him of any financial responsibility for the children.

    But he says that part of the reason of making himself publicly visible as a sperm donor rather than remaining anonymous, as is typical with sperm banks, is because he and some of the families hope and expect he will have some involvement in the children's lives in the future.

    He says he believes his case comes down to constitutional issues of a right to privacy and reproductive choice.

    "It's not that much more different than a couple knowing each other who want to have a baby," Arsenault said. "It's just from me it comes in a cup versus sex."

    ___

    Associated Press science writer Alicia Chang in Los Angeles and writer Terence Chea in San Francisco contributed to this report.
    You don't engage with crazies. Because they're, you know, fucking crazy. - WitchCurlGirl

  2. #2
    Elite Member KrisNine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Sleepy night night land
    Posts
    22,152

    Default

    People are really stupid.

  3. #3
    fgg
    fgg is online now
    Elite Member fgg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    29,498

    Default

    No pics? I want to see what this gem looks like!
    Posted from my iPhone
    can't post pics because my computer's broken and i'm stupid

  4. #4
    Elite Member yanna's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    9,394

    Default

    These people want a child and can't even afford a sperm bank? gimme a break! also, he looks like a complete moron, he should stop spreading his dna asap
    What if Superman is psychotic and everyone can see that he's Clark Kent but they just play along not to set him off?

  5. #5
    Elite Member Ravenna's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    7,896

    Default

    There are pictures of him and some of the babies at this link:

    Trent Arsenault: Meet the free fresh organic sperm donor... who is under threat from feds | Mail Online

    He looks kind of, um, simple, and most of the babies seem to look like him.


  6. #6
    Super Moderator twitchy2.0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Milliways
    Posts
    53,574

    Default

    Edit: Now that's weird. Ravenna's post wasn't showing up for me before.
    Quote Originally Posted by fgg View Post
    No pics? I want to see what this gem looks like!
    Posted from my iPhone


    Last edited by twitchy2.0; December 20th, 2011 at 03:26 PM.

    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."

    -- Stephen Hawking

  7. #7
    Elite Member Just Kill Me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    sucking on a blow pop and playing with electrodes
    Posts
    15,550

    Default

    The fuck?!?!? This is all part of some cult, yup, that's it.
    Posted from my iPhone
    KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GOD DAMNED HONEY!!!!!!!!!!

    Come on, let's have lots of drinks.

    Fuck you all, I'm going viral.

  8. #8
    Elite Member Air Quotes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Seattle, Washington
    Posts
    13,957

    Default

    So there are at least 14 toothy Ron Howard looking kids running around? Great.
    "A true whore just loves her life." - Sluce

  9. #9
    Elite Member Brookie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    In the "D"
    Posts
    20,808

    Default

    More like Ron Howard meets Alfred E. Newman.
    Life is short. Break the Rules. Forgive Quickly. Kiss Slowly. Love Truly.
    Laugh Uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.

    - Mark Twain

  10. #10
    Elite Member Dean James's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Methtopia
    Posts
    4,464

    Default

    I'd go bang some hot dude in a one night stand and hope for the best before I up and got his free jizz.
    Baby, by the time you have kids and they're in school, no one will care about you.

  11. #11
    Super Moderator twitchy2.0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Milliways
    Posts
    53,574

    Default

    IT JUST GETS BETTER!


    By Adrian Chen
    Dec 21, 2011 5:21 PM

    The Porny Pastimes of the World’s Most Famous Sperm Donor


    The FDA is cracking down on a San Francisco man who gives away his spooj on the internet to people he meets through his website. So far, Trent Arsenault has helped 14 couples get pregnant. But not all of them are aware that Arsenault is turning his "donations" into a torrent of amateur porn.

    Scrawny 37-year-old tech worker Trent Arsenault was thrust into the spotlight after news broke that the FDA has ordered him to shut down his one-man sperm bank because he's not following proper procedure. He landed on CNN, ABC News, Newsweek and more. Tapping into the Occupy Wall Street zeitgeist, he said part of his goal was to help the 99 percent who can't afford to visit a pricey sperm bank.

    Last month, Arsenault's attorneys filed a brief to throw out the order, arguing his personal sexual practices shouldn't be regulated by the government. Arsenault's cause has since been embraced by an astonishing spectrum of political and cultural crusaders. The Huffington Post drooled (ahem) over Arsenault's locally-sourced, organic sperm: "We can't think of a better biological father than Trent Arsenault. Would you really rather trust some no-name who came in a cup for $50?" Right-wingers at the Free Republic frothed over another case of government over-reaching. Daddy bloggers just want to let the guy breed.

    But all the reports about Arsenault's donating, not to mention his own website, leave out one fairly important fact. A longtime acquaintance of Arsenault's pointed out to us that Arsenault is extremely fond of posting explicit videos and pictures of his sperm donations on the web.

    Aresnault's two Xtube accounts (NSFW and NSFW) feature more than 100 videos of him masturbating into sterile collection cups, using unusual aids like a water polo ball and frozen packs of organic blueberries. (Trent exclusively drinks blueberry smoothies for breakfast and dinner to boost his sperm count.) Trent's something of a celebrity on Xtube: his videos have racked up a cumulative 3 million views. Even our slutty, NSFW friends over at Fleshbot took a shine to him.

    In a phone interview today, Arsenault explained that he considers himself a "donorsexual."



    "100% of my sexual energy is devoted to being a sperm donor," he said. "Having those videos helps my sex drive... which is critical to being a guy with a 200 sperm count able to help three childless couples in one month get pregnant."

    Arsenault also has a pair of picture sites. Trentnude.com is down for maintenance, but Google's cache shows it featured dozens of nude pictures including an entire gallery (NSFW) called "small penis." (Disheartening news for any Trent Jrs out there.) Then there's the gallery of Trent masturbating in an airplane lavatory, captioned with "Snakes on a Plane" jokes. Trendude.com is an underwear modeling site where the most-popular gallery has over 400,000 views.

    Our tipster was appalled that Arsenault hasn't been informing potential parents about his sex sites. "They need to know the whole story," they said.

    Arsenault admits that not all of the couples who have become pregnant with his children are aware of his x-rated activities. He doesn't take pains to hide it—his Xtube site links back to his official donor page—but he doesn't actively inform couples, either.

    "I don't make a point of trying to advertise that to women or couples because some people don't care to see," Arsenault said. He said he doesn't feel like he's deceiving his clientele, because the couples who have learned of his porn sites have been supportive. Some, he said, have even learned of him first through his adult work.

    But Trent obscures more than his porn sites in his donor material. His website boasts that he attended the U.S. Naval academy in Annapolis. What he leaves out is that he dropped out after about half a year, in a rather bizarre fashion: By suddenly running away, hitchhiking to Fort Leavenworth Kansas and turning himself into the military prison there.
    Arsenault says he was fed up with "bullying" superiors at the academy after he complained about the treatment of women there.

    "I said OK, I'm just going to turn myself into prison and the government can imprison me for going AWOL," he said. (Instead, they put him on a plane back to Annapolis.)

    Our source also said Arsenault was urged to seek psychological help during his time at Annapolis—Arsenault denies this, saying he only had a brief, standard mental exam when he was discharged.

    Now, there's nothing wrong with shooting a bunch videos of yourself masturbating and uploading them to the internet under your own name, if that's your thing. But we do understand why a potential parent would want to be aware that half of their kids' genes are coming from a man with an apparently compulsive need to expose himself to strangers. Not to mention his odd past. Trent's elaborate official site is a masterpiece of marketing, presenting a picture of a squeaky-clean, all-American sailor which the media has been happy to reproduce. Consumers should know that Trent has another side.

    So go ahead and have Trent's kid. He seems fit and genetically solid, if pretty strange. But it's worth remembering that the first stage of your child's conception might be forever memorialized as jack-off material for internet strangers.
    The Porny Pastimes of the World's Most Famous Sperm Donor

    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."

    -- Stephen Hawking

  12. #12
    Elite Member Sialia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,019

    Default

    Crazy. If this were a movie or book, people would think it was too far-fetched.
    "We know who we are, we like talking smack about strangers, and we're not gonna stop!" -- GR's Kalirga

  13. #13
    Elite Member Just Kill Me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    sucking on a blow pop and playing with electrodes
    Posts
    15,550

    Default

    I was just coming to post the thing about the porno blueberries, jfc.
    Posted from my iPhone
    KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GOD DAMNED HONEY!!!!!!!!!!

    Come on, let's have lots of drinks.

    Fuck you all, I'm going viral.

  14. #14
    Elite Member Mr. Authority's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Royal Oak,MI
    Posts
    4,631

    Default

    This whole story is entirely made up of "WTF?". Dude needs a new hobby and a visit to the sex offender office.

  15. #15
    Elite Member SuriCruise's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    3,295

    Default

    wow

    I think he just likes the ego boost it gives him to have people wanting his sperm.

    edit: also doesn't he realise that people who can't even afford a sperm donor definitely can't afford to raise a child?
    And so, I will keep fighting to make the US a more progressive, multi-cultural country, and my fight starts on GossipRocks - mikesandy

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 12
    Last Post: February 23rd, 2009, 06:34 PM
  2. Jodie Marsh advertises for a sperm donor. Yuk
    By Honey in forum Latest Gossip
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: October 22nd, 2008, 09:34 PM
  3. Blogger looks for sperm donor online
    By Honey in forum News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: September 28th, 2008, 11:54 AM
  4. Gay sperm donor fights for parental rights
    By hotmommy in forum News
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: November 26th, 2007, 04:00 PM
  5. Replies: 22
    Last Post: October 11th, 2007, 01:51 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •