Canada’s sperm crisis forces citizens to find seed elsewhere.
There’s a sperm crisis in Canada! As the Huffington Post Canada reported Monday, less than 10 percent of donated sperm in Canada now originates within the country. Disappointed locavores must procure their supply from overseas, or from what the Toronto Star portentously calls “poorly regulated services south of the border.” “We’ve put ourselves in a really lousy position where we are completely dependent on other countries for our imported gametes,” one aghast fertility lawyer told the Star.
There’s no sign that the raw material itself is in low supply among our neighbors to the north. No one is accusing the home of the world’s smoothest prime minister of being low on virility. The shortage is due instead to a 2004 Canadian law that bans buying sperm, which means sperm banks must rely on altruistic types willing to donate for free.