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Pregnancy From Sperm Frozen 40 Years Ago Highlights Problems With IVF (with a twist)
Life News ^ | September 3, 2012 | Wesley J. Smith

Posted on 09/03/2012 3:33:38 PM PDT by NYer

Good grief: A sperm bank is bragging that it set the record of having children born with 40 year-old sperm.

From the press release, headlined “World Record Shattered:”

Late in August, twin girls were born to a couple who used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to achieve pregnancy. On the surface, this may look like just another of the increasingly common success stories for the IVF industry. But this story has its own unique twist that makes it different from every other IVF pregnancy—the sperm used to fertilize the egg was frozen over 40 years ago, shattering the existing record of 28 years for a successful live birth through cryopreserved sperm.

Then, the self interest of the donor:

In 1971, a Japanese American war hero banked his sperm with a sperm bank where Russ Bierbaum, a young pioneer in reproductive tissue cryopreservation, was the acting laboratory technician. The war hero was the “first born” of a proud Japanese family whose culture dictates the family blood line be carried on through the first born son. Shortly after learning he and his wife would never have children of their own, he discovered none of his siblings were going to be able to preserve the family blood line either. That’s when he started the journey to maintaining his heritage through a surrogate.

Having banked his sperm, he contacted a surrogate agency to find a mother for the child who would save his family’s blood line. In the years that followed, the dream faded—surrogates were hard to find and the few who were willing were unable to achieve successful pregnancies. Yet his hope remained undeterred; as a successful American businessman, he continued to put money into a trust that would one day provide for the child he remained committed to fathering. Ultimately, Family Formation Law Offices of Michelsen and Cohen were able to connect him with a couple who was seeking pregnancy through donor sperm and was eager to become part of a much greater story. In late fall of 2011, a successful pregnancy was announced, followed nearly nine months later with the birth of twin girls.

So, the parents wanted to be part of a “greater story.” This tells us much of what is wrong with our current culture.

Worse, this amounts to unethical human experimentation. Who knows what 40 years in the deep freeze could do to the fertilizing cells, and what potential impact such long term cold storage could potentially have on the health of children? Moreover, is this any way to make children? To set records so a man can fulfill his dream of passing his genes down the generations?

But now oncologists are supposed to push the idea for their cancer patients:

This proves that a young male can effectively store semen and confidently use it 20, 30, or 40 years later to start a family,” said Bierbaum. “We’re hoping this kind of news will convince oncology professionals to be more proactive about discussing future fertility with their patients and begin the necessary steps to assure that their patients have been informed.”

I don’t think adding even more consumerist agendas to reproduction is a good thing at all.

LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. He writes at his blog, Secondhand Smoke.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Japan; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: bioethics; ivf; reproduction; sperm

1 posted on 09/03/2012 3:33:45 PM PDT by NYer
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

Ping!


2 posted on 09/03/2012 3:34:32 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

Personally, I prefer the old-fashioned method, myself.....


3 posted on 09/03/2012 3:36:53 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: NYer

Freeze dried coffee just ain’t as good as fresh ground....


4 posted on 09/03/2012 3:40:24 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: NYer

At birth the twin girls looked 40 years old.

Why didn’t they just use Hugh Hefner sperm, it is even older and colder!


5 posted on 09/03/2012 3:41:05 PM PDT by buffyt (Ted Cruz, Allen West, Rand Paul, Tim Scott, Herman Cain -- for President -- 2016)
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To: NYer

Wait until the lawyers get finished. They will have the newborn filing for social security survivor benefits once they identify the late former owner of the specimen.


6 posted on 09/03/2012 3:41:55 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: NYer

but, in fact, the Japanese American man IS still alive and technically there is no need for his “40 year old sperm” as he can provide a new “sample” today

apparently, he too wanted more than children from his “blood line; he wanted to be part of a “bigger story”


7 posted on 09/03/2012 3:43:03 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: NYer
Sperm Frozen 40 Years Ago

Justin Bieber thinks this message tastes stale.

8 posted on 09/03/2012 3:43:37 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: NYer

It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.

She has a way of striking back.

And the poor child. “Sweetie, you were a great little experiment.”


9 posted on 09/03/2012 3:52:56 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: NYer

May be beneficial for people that suffer cancer and are unable to have children after chemo. I know a couple where the guy had some kind of disease as a child and they were unable to have a child. Ended up adopting a nephew from a troubled sister, but they could have easily raised a bunch more if nature didn’t conspire against them.

Generally, as long as the technology is used to bring children into the world, I consider it moral, there is no such thing as life unworthy of life.


10 posted on 09/03/2012 3:56:08 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: Wuli

Sperm produced by a man deteriorates with his age. What that means is that this man’s 40-year old sperm is likely to be of better quality (fewer abnormalities) than what the man produces currently.


11 posted on 09/03/2012 3:57:37 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: humblegunner

Oh No!!!! Mr. Bill


12 posted on 09/03/2012 4:02:16 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: BurningOak

Luddites don’t understand situations like that. For them, since the process is artificial, the child thus created is “unnatural” and does not deserve to exist. They’d rather curse the child than re-examine their dogma.

You already have someone commenting about how “aged” the newborns look, LOL.


13 posted on 09/03/2012 4:02:44 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett

I view it same as a child conceived in rape (a more extreme case), the sins of the father are not to be used against the child.


14 posted on 09/03/2012 4:04:48 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak

At least these children are wanted.


15 posted on 09/03/2012 4:11:03 PM PDT by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: BurningOak

>>Generally, as long as the technology is used to bring children into the world, I consider it moral, there is no such thing as life unworthy of life.<<

So it doesn’t matter at all to you how many of the fertilized eggs were dumped in the trash?

Do you know that they don’t fertilize just one egg, right? AND if there are more than one that makes it into the “lucky embryo club” the extras are just sucked out, right?


16 posted on 09/03/2012 4:30:16 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: NYer

A comment at Mr. Smith’s blog pointed out that the gentleman now has daughters, not the Ichiro (Number One Son) he was hoping for. Best wishes to the little girls. I hope someone loves them.


17 posted on 09/03/2012 4:32:39 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A meal without wine is like ... breakfast.)
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To: NYer

18 posted on 09/03/2012 4:34:31 PM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: James C. Bennett; narses; Salvation; wagglebee

>>Luddites don’t understand situations like that<<

Oh LOL!!! Aren’t you a clever little N00b?

James C. Bennett
Since Jan 4, 2010

Babies are not yarns. And those here who are disgusted by the creation of multiple babies for the one that makes it, are far from Luddites, looking out for their jobs.

We are Pro-Life AS IS Free Republic. Perhaps you should know your audience before you call names.


19 posted on 09/03/2012 4:36:57 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: NYer

The kid will ahve an overwhelming urge to vote for Richard Nixon, listen to The Carpenters, and watch All In The Family.


20 posted on 09/03/2012 4:44:27 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms.)
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To: netmilsmom

Resorting to posting membership dates? Tsk-tsk.


21 posted on 09/03/2012 4:52:04 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (I made a prank call...pretended I was a mime.)
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To: NYer
The war hero was the “first born” of a proud Japanese family whose culture dictates the family blood line be carried on through the first born son.

So there were two daughters? Hah! The old coot got burned by his Faustian bargain?

22 posted on 09/03/2012 5:07:44 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

>>Resorting to posting membership dates? Tsk-tsk.<<

Absolutely. I am more likely to forgive a newbie for not understanding the ideas of a site than a poster who has been here as long as you and I have.

I generally look at the sign in date. If they are not name calling, I will be kind and remind them where they are.
Name callers get less *ahem* kindness, as they have already crossed the line.

We have sign in dates available here if to help those who need it.


23 posted on 09/03/2012 5:09:40 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: netmilsmom

Nothing he wrote is worthy of a hysterical personal attack. Besides, in what insane universe is someone who has been here for two and a half years a “noob”? Is Free Republic a union shop where the value of a poster is determined by seniority? Ten years, ten days, who cares?


24 posted on 09/03/2012 5:09:50 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: netmilsmom

Technology needs to be improved to stop the creation of extra embryos. One couple one embryo. If that can be done, I see nothing wrong with babies being born to couples who would not be able to do so otherwise. The world needs more children, and I am sympathetic for couples that can’t have kids through no fault of their own.


25 posted on 09/03/2012 5:15:29 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak
It's not that any baby, however conceived, is unworthy of life.

Lots of circumstances ---other than marital intercourse ---can result in a baby: forcible rape, reproductive concubinage, surrogacy, youthful love affair, prostitution, baby-selling schemes, random promiscuous hook-up, lab experiments, incest, cloning, slave-breeding.

Everyone should agree that every one of these babies is "worthy of life" because any human being has a right to simply go on living. But everybody SHOULD also agree that least some of the ways on that list are wrong, and some are "wronger" than others.

It's not a reflection on the worth of the child. It's a reflection on the right of a child to be brought into existence in a way that reflects his dignity, that reflects what he is: essentially, a unique, loved, begotten child of a man and woman committed to his wellbeing and nurture, the fruit of the honorable and loving marital embrace.

Anything less than that, insults the child by making him a a commodity, a lab experiment, a product of violation, the object of a commercial transaction, a contraceptive failure, a mistake, an expensive pedigreed pet, something illegitimate, something unnatural--- something less than what he had a right to be.

This also opening the floodgates to lesbian couples, and gay-male couples, ordering up sperm, eggs, embryos, surrogates, etc. and deliberately concocting children alienated in every way, by intent, from either their genetic father, or their genetic mother, or their birthgiving mother, their natural siblings, their entire network of natural kin, or all of the above.

Gay guys from the USA and Europe are already doing reproductive tourism in India, hiring women to fabricate a pregnancy with an egg from here and a sperm from there and a contract to make sure she hands it over as specified, and a technician and an abortionist for quality control.

That's the inevitable destiny of these technologies.

Child = commodity.

Bad idea.

26 posted on 09/03/2012 5:51:21 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: BurningOak

” Besides, in what insane universe is someone who has been here for two and a half years a “noob”? ... Ten years, ten days, who cares?”

“Noobieness” is more a relative thing. If you have a sign in date 2.5 years old, and are arguing with someone with a ten year old sign up date then yes, you are the “newb”.

And forget ever being equal to those freepers with a 1998 0r 1999 date. “The class of 98 (or 99)” trumps all.

My sign up is over 10 years old, but I will forever be a “newbie” to those guys.

So yeah, you can indeed be a “newbie” after 2.5 years.


27 posted on 09/03/2012 5:55:48 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: humblegunner

40 year old sperm? What’s wrong with a kid born with a mullet, who’s first words are “FREEBIRD!”


28 posted on 09/03/2012 6:00:01 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Nik Naym; BurningOak

Yeah, what a bunch-a NOOBs.


29 posted on 09/03/2012 6:00:44 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: BurningOak

>>Nothing he wrote is worthy of a hysterical personal attack.<<
Hysterical personal attack? *snicker* Apparently, no one gave you the talk about “putting on your flame suit” while here. You haven’t SEEN the real “personal attacks” here.
But calling Pro-Life people Luddites is nothing, right?
Luddite = dog-whistle?

>> Besides, in what insane universe is someone who has been here for two and a half years a “noob”? <<
Well not to you.

BurningOak
Since Jan 5, 2012


30 posted on 09/03/2012 6:30:49 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: BurningOak

>>Technology needs to be improved to stop the creation of extra embryos. <<

Absolutely! You would see the protests grind to a complete halt should that happen. None of us are Anti-Child. But all of us are Pro-Life. All life. Even the tiniest. Even the Snowflakes.


31 posted on 09/03/2012 6:33:48 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Nik Naym

I’m a newbie to you!


32 posted on 09/03/2012 6:36:44 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: netmilsmom

Yawn.

Read BurningOak’s post.


33 posted on 09/03/2012 7:41:45 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett

>>Yawn.<<

I can see that you’re tired and not thinking clearly.

Take a nap, get your head in order and then we can hold a real adult conversation without your name calling.

Night!


34 posted on 09/03/2012 7:46:09 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: netmilsmom

Thanks, and the same to you too!

A good night’s sleep will also help you in recalling who was calling whom names here, in the first place.

Then, read through the comment regarding patients being treated for cancer (I mentioned the other poster who had commented about it) and maybe, just maybe you can indulge yourself in something amounting to a little more than the rambling prattle that you’ve produced so far.

- sent from Denver Airport.


35 posted on 09/03/2012 8:20:01 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; BurningOak; netmilsmom

Ditto that. The prolife objections to unnatural conception technologies have two grounds, neither of which is the legitimacy of the live of the child, no matter how they came to be. Once conceived, always received.

But that does not exonerate the method of conception. The first and most immediate objection is collateral damage to innocent human life. These throwaway byproduct children are still full, living humans, with all the rights, dignity, and respect accompanying that status. Sacrificing one human life for another is divine, if it is a voluntary sacrifice. But involuntary human sacrifice, no matter how noble the intent, no matter how sophisticated the technology, is nothing but raw, evil, barbarism.

The second ground looks farther into the future and asks, what will be the long term consequences of devaluing any innocent human life. The proliferation of reproductive technologies renders, by logic, all human life more expendable, because whatever we can mass produce, no matter the motive, comes to be viewed as inherently replaceable, an object created for the pleasure of another. Markets automatically form around commodities. Human life, bought and sold, like corn or pigs. Do we want that for ourselves?

Francis Schaeffer warned us about the temptation to do whatever we had the power to do. Morality, by design, puts voluntary restraints on possible actions, so that the world will be a place worth living in. We can kill, but we don’t, and everyone is better for it. God gave us morality to make us better, happier people, people who could enjoy a relationship of love with Him. If we set aside all moral boundaries, and only ask the mechanical question, what is technically possible, we may gain that “brave new world” of the futurists’ dreams, but we will certainly lose our human soul in the process.


36 posted on 09/04/2012 7:04:32 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Springfield Reformer

Well said, Springfield Reformer.


37 posted on 09/04/2012 8:10:01 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.")
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To: James C. Bennett

The question I posed was not whether or not the Japanese man chose to use the 40-year old sperm; but whether or not it was necessary - NECESSARY - to fulfill his goal of fathering his own progeny. Nothing in the article says it was necessary.

As to his current sperm, at his age, being less viable than his frozen sperm - current in-vitro fertilization clinics are already expert at analyzing and selecting the most viable sperm sample from the material the man provides.

No. The choice for the 40-year-old sperm was not about simply assuring he had his own descendents; it WAS, primarily I imagine, about being part of a larger story.


38 posted on 09/04/2012 8:28:14 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: NYer

I wouldn’t say that this has anything to do with “our culture” at all. The dude is said to be Japanese American but I’ll but he was more Japanese in his out look than anything else.


39 posted on 09/04/2012 10:06:24 AM PDT by stellaluna
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To: Wuli

http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20021017/old-sperm-die-hard


40 posted on 09/04/2012 5:29:10 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett

“not get rid of defective sperm as effectively as younger men. And they also found a link between increasing age and the number of defective sperm a man has”

No dispute. What is also said in that statement - as in “number of defective sperm” - is the fact that (a) not all sperm in an older man are defective, and (b) as I said in my previous post, invitro clinics are well aware of this and fully capapable of analyzing a sperm sample and selecting those found not to be defective. They do it all the time for male clients, on their sperm sample, at any age.

But, everyone just wanted to be part of a bigger story.


41 posted on 09/05/2012 8:59:15 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli

I am not sure about that, though.

That is, whether the “healthy” sperm from an older man are as healthy as sperm from the same man, in his youth. I am not sure this is an apples-to-apples argument...


42 posted on 09/05/2012 7:19:35 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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