Dyslexic donors turned away from largest UK sperm bank

Dec 29, 2015 by

Regulator to review practices at London Sperm Bank, which screens for ‘diseases’ including dyslexia and dyspraxia

Britain’s largest sperm bank has been turning away donors with dyslexia in what it describes as attempts to “minimise the risk of transmitting common genetic diseases or malformations to any children born”.

In a practice branded “eugenics” by campaigners and a would-be donor, the London Sperm Bank has banned men with dyslexia or other common conditions it described as “neurological diseases” from donating.

A leaflet to donors lists a series of conditions the clinic screens for, including: attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], autism, Asperger syndrome, dyslexia and the motor disorder dyspraxia.

The fertility regulator has launched a review of the London Sperm Bank after being alerted to its practices by the Guardian.

Source: Dyslexic donors turned away from largest UK sperm bank | Society | The Guardian

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

1 Comment

  1. Avatar
    Fran Rice

    This establishes…once and for all…in challenges by schools, that dyslexia is recognized as a MEDICAL condition. Consequently, dyslexia is protected to the full extent under the RHA, Section 504, a civil rights statute, and thethe ADAA! You can move on this!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.