Gay sperm donors turned away

RADIO NEW ZEALAND 10:36AM Saturday January 21, 2006

Fertility clinics are turning down sperm donations from gay men because of Australian regulations aimed at curbing the spread of HIV, a fertility specialist says.

A Wellington man says he has been discriminated against after he was rejected by a sperm bank as a donor because he is gay…

The Council for Civil Liberties however says the Australian regulations are unfair. The chairman of the Council for Civil Liberties, Tony Ellis, says the pattern of HIV / Aids around the world, particularly in Africa, mean the regulations are irrational.

Ellis says given that the sperm is tested, the regulations are based on an irrational homophobic fear.

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