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A woman who wants a baby with her lesbian partner through artificial insemination is suing the government for the right to choose how she will get the sperm.
The unidentified woman from California is taking on the Food and Drug Administration, which sets the standards for sperm banks. In a lawsuit, the woman argues she does not want to use a sperm bank as she wants to use the sperm of someone she knows, for free, without having to follow the government's regulations.
Trent Arsenault’s website could easily be mistaken for an online dating profile. There, the 36-year-old Silicon Valley high-tech worker describes his appearance (blond hair, brown eyes), personality (“happy, easy going”) and hobbies (“hiking, bird watching, habitat conservation”).
But interspersed among action shots of Arsenault biking in China and scuba diving in Hawaii are snapshots of his sexual health records, genetic testing results and the 15 children he’s fathered since hanging up a shingle in 2006 as a “free sperm donor” www.trentdonor.org.