Dr. Helen

Is Sperm a Marital Asset?

Of course not, correctly writes MRA Peter Lloyd in a Daily Mail article that I received in my inbox today (yes, it’s almost a year old but very relevant):

A British woman is campaigning for the legal right to veto her husband’s choice to donate sperm, it has emerged.

The unidentified complainant says her partner volunteered samples of his semen to a registered clinic after becoming stressed by the birth of their child, reported MailOnline.

Disgruntled, the mother-of-one from Surrey has contacted the Human Fertilisation And Embryology Authority, arguing that women across the UK should be able to deny their spouse’s free will on the matter – because sperm is a ‘marital asset’.

She’s wrong.

Can you imagine if a man in the UK said that a woman’s eggs were a “marital asset”? It would be seen as appalling. Coverture is alive and well for men but no longer for women in the western world. Why is it okay if done to men but not if done to women? Reproductive choice goes both ways.