Sperm Web sites face curbs in UK legal review
LONDON (Reuters) - Internet Web sites supplying sperm to single women and lesbian couples face regulation under proposals to be unveiled by the government on Tuesday.
Public Health Minister Caroline Flint will launch a three-month consultation aimed at bringing up to date the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act.
The review of the 15-year-old legislation will ask whether the sperm Web sites should be banned altogether or just more tightly regulated.
The companies running the sperm sites do not come under the existing regulation because they run donor databases rather than clinics.
This also means the companies are not required to screen donors for genetic problems or sexually transmitted infections, raising safety concerns for women using the Web site services.