BBC Radio 4, The World Tonight, 1st October 2009, available on BBC iPlayer until 10pm on 8th October 2009. The item starts 21’26” into the programme.
On the day that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 came into force, amending the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, the World Tonight explored the shortage of donor sperm in the UK following the removal of donor anonymity in 2005. The item considers the impact of this removal, and also whether donors should be paid. The item also investigates the situation in Denmark where donors are paid and can remain anonymous, and the phenomenon of British women travelling to Denmark and other similar countries to obtain donor insemination or IVF.