London: A rising
number of women in Britain are turning to internet sperm donors to
become mothers after being unsuccessful in finding the man of
Scores of women in their early 20s are logging on to websites such
as babydonor.com and co-parent-search.com to find fathers for
their children. Many of the women, some as young as 18 or 19, say
they are frustrated with relationships and have decided to face
the challenge of parenthood alone, the Daily Mail reported.
According to The Sunday Times, women under 25 make up a quarter of
women registering on some sites, where they post pictures or
themselves, as well as private information allowing potential
donors to get in touch.
"I've wanted kids for as long as I can remember. I lost a baby
when I was with my ex-boyfriend. We broke up shortly afterwards.
But since then I have known I am ready to be a parent... I have
found a job with flexible hours, I have a house and a mortgage. I
know I could offer a child a loving, safe environment, so I don't
know why I should wait," said a 20-year-old.
According to Christina Hughes, professor of women and gender at
Warwick University, even though these women are young, they
believe that they have the support structure and feel emotionally
and financially independent: for them it is the right time.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, a statutory body
in Britain that regulates and inspects all clinics providing in
vitro fertilisation, artificial insemination and the storage of
human eggs , sperm or embryos, warn besides legal implications,
there are also health risks because sperm gained over the internet
cannot be screened.