Quartz on sperm & plasma

Katherine Foley spoke with Peter about Canada’s woeful shortage of precious bodily fluids in “Canada has to import most of its bodily fluids.”


Jaworski thinks that these arguments against paid tissue donations don’t hold up particularly well. For one thing, the fact that Canada still chooses to import bodily fluids from the US, where there are paid donors for semen and plasma (Canadians also aren’t allowed to receive payment for plasma donation), suggests that paid donations are safe. And as for the ethical concerns, well, regardless of someone’s motivation for giving plasma or semen, they’re still helping someone in need, Jaworski says. Furthermore, taking a potential source of income away from someone who needs money doesn’t exactly help them.

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