Calif. sperm donor rules loosened for single women and same-sex couples

By Samantha Kimmey
Friday, December 28, 2012 22:01 EDT
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A new California law makes it easier for single woman and those in same-sex relationships to conceive via artificial insemination, reported the AP.

The new law loosens regulations around sperm donation, which currently require women seeking artificial insemination who do not have a “sexually intimate [male] partner” to use sperm that has been frozen for six months or from a man that can be tested within seven days of each attempt to artificially inseminate the woman, according to the Daily Mail.

That can be cost prohibitive for some, as it can add up to thousands of dollars.

Now women can elect to bypass those requirements, which advocates say removes a barrier that women with male sexual partners have not had to face.

They will have to sign a waiver that absolves clinics from blame when using fresh semen that has only been tested a single time for diseases.

[Image: Sperm Swimming Toward The Egg on Shutterstock]

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