It seems that if you’re male and you pop down to your local sperm bank and are unfortunate enough to have red hair, you are out of luck (even if your IQ is over 140). Potential parents don’t want redheads. Just like a restaurant does away with what isn’t selling well, be it blue cheese & walnut Quiche or club sandwiches, in the menu of choices the redhead option will be gone. They still want blondes with high IQ’s and blue eyes, they still want brunettes with brown eyes, but redheads – their time is over. The world’s largest sperm bank, located in Denmark and servicing 65 different countries, is refusing redheads and Scandinavians. Redheads because no one wants them, Scandinavians because all those Scandinavian men have been busy and they have a “glut”!
The director of the sperm bank, Ole Schou, says this: “I do not think you choose a redhead, unless the partner – for example, the sterile male – has red hair, or because the lone woman has a preference for redheads,” he said, the Telegraph reported. “And that’s perhaps not so many, especially in the latter case.” (Gawker, September 19, 2011)
Other sperm banks back off the accusation of being “against” redheads. One of the first sperm banks in the U.S., in Michigan, says they still have some demand. Their chief executive officer says this: “When parents are seeking sperm, they often prefer donors who are athletically or musically inclined, and they prefer donors who are educated. Sometimes they even want a specific blood type.”
Designer babies – pick the prototype, be it tall (who really wants a short kid, right?) medium, brown-eyed, blue-eyed, brunette, blonde, good at singing, good at sports, you can have it all and pick the delivery date.
The only problem is, the minute that child is born, you’ll learn that your designer baby is not perfect. You may be able to pick skin, eye, and hair color – but you can’t pick if they’ll have colic and scream all night for 6 months. You can’t pick a baby that will turn into a two-year old that doesn’t yell “Mine” and make you decide you will never go into a toy store again, and you can’t pick whether they’ll make you sad or not. The control is limited to sperm bank and delivery date alone, after that, it’s anyone’s guess.
Realistically, if I am fair, the sperm bank is a business and has to market according to the needs of its customers. So, if redheaded babies are going slow, one can’t blame them for making a business decision that may seem biased.
And there-in is the heart of the problem, be it a baby with red hair or a baby with down syndrome. Babies have become a big business, and when a human being becomes only a business opportunity there is a problem. As far as businesses go, there are those who conduct the business with integrity and ethics, and those who don’t. From sperm banks with their menu of choices to adoption agencies with their exorbitant fees and sometimes questionable methods of obtaining babies, there are those for whom this is nothing more, nor less than a dollar decision – supply and demand, and the “bottom line”. For couples who desperately want children, it’s about a baby, dependent on another for all aspects of life and totally unable to care for itself, the most vulnerable of the vulnerable. For God, it’s about a tiny being made in His image. And I have to ask myself, how far will this go? When will babies cease being about a business, and become babies again?
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- Sperm bank: Redheads need not apply (msnbc.msn.com)
- Sperm Bank Doesn’t Want Your Sperm, Redheads [Sperm] (gawker.com)
- World’s Biggest Sperm Bank Shows Redheads the Door (abcnews.go.com)
- Defending the Redhead Gene (foxnews.com)