If you donate a kidney to a child, you don't get rights to the child
If you donate sperm for research or through a medical provider, you don't
get rights to the stem cells, the fetuses, or any child born thereafter.
Similarly, if you donate ova, although the process is painful and risky to
extract a few ova, unlike the fun few-minute extraction procedure for
millions of spermatazoa.
If the hairdresser cuts off your hair and uses it after you leave the
premises to make and sell eyelashes or wigs, you don't get rights in and
to her products or profits.
If you discard miscellaneous trash or construction supplies on your swale
for garbage pickup, and some artsy type comes along, takes some of it, and
creates a sculptural masterpiece, you cannot come back and claim rights in
and to the artwork.
Only the effort, the creation is rewarded. Only the creator is the owner
of the final work. Not the supplier of products and parts, whether got
for free or in exchange for some kind of consideration.
If a surgeon removes part of your body tissues or fluids in an operation,
saves them, and uses them to develop lines of cells, vaccines, or other
bioproducts, even for commercial profit, you get absolutely no rights or
interest in any respect to the products of your body tissues or fluids.
In fact, as a proposition of jurisprudence, there are absolutely no rights
flowing from, traced through, and accorded to the products of body parts
anywhere in the law. With one, and only one exception.
Sperm is a half cell, produced in the male body. Just a half cell. It
contains a random mix of DNA bits selected from what is in turn 4 times as
much DNA total that in turn came from the random bits of two combined
half-cells from the man's parents.
100% of this DNA is shared with every human being on earth. A tiny
portion, less than 1/10 of 1% that is sequenced slightly differently is
shared with thousands of distant relatives. Nevertheless 99.99% of all
human DNA is exactly like that of the DNA of every other human being.
Even miniscule uniquely-sequenced portions are shared with numerous closer
relatives. 98% of human DNA is exactly like that of every chimpanzee on
Millions of sperm are contained in body fluid, and men regularly produce
and then discard trillions of these half-cells in all kinds of places,
beds, persons, Kleenex tissues, shower drains...
We are delusional with an inculcated mindset and perception, solely based
on arbitrary culture, how in the past some-thousand years most of our
western societies have been organized, to accord important status to the
particular penis from which a given sperm emanated.
There is no reason to be making such a brouhaha over who is your daddy.
It is, in fact, extraordinary that in the absence of a contract* with a
woman who risks her life to bear a child, legal rights are accorded to the
man from whose penis emanated one of millions of half-cells containing
mostly identical DNA to every other human penis on earth.
*marriage (imperfectly, because to a large extent its terms are
state-created or otherwise not enforceable) is the only "contract"
permitted to women, who have been denied the right to contract
otherwise with regard to the fruit of the efforts of their bodies. The
marriage contract in our societies has a history of being anywhere
from a contract of adhesion, imbalanced and unfair to women, to
an arrangement that is not a contract but a form of human slavery.
The marriage pseudo-contract is no longer as bad as it used to be for
women, but its terms are still largely non-negotiable. The non-negotiable
parts ALL pertain to things in women's traditional interests -- the fruits
of her womb and homemaking efforts. This is not so with regard to what
men traditionally contribute to marriage, property. Even with its
improvements, the marriage contract has become irrelevant to sperm rights.
Unwed sperm donor rights are an abomination, granting a man control in and
to the life of a woman and the children she bears with absolutely no
commitment or obligation whatsoever in any way, shape or form to that
For a different perspective, and to consider our religious tradition and
social brainwashing about the "importance" of biological fatherhood,
NO-FATHERS DAY: National Geographic article on the Mosuo culture