Foreign singles flock to Danish sperm clinics

Well over half of the single women flocking to Denmark’s booming fertility clinics for insemination come from abroad, according to the latest figures from Denmark’s Health Protection Agency.

Foreign singles flock to Danish sperm clinics
An egg at the point of insemination. Photo: Dennis Becker/DR
A full 2,778 of the 5,805 single women inseminated in Denmark in 2015 came from foreign countries, attracted by the country’s liberal legislation, which allows even single women to select an anonymous donor on the basis of factors such as height, hair, eye colour and education.
“They actually come from around the world, but most of our customers are from neighbouring countries. Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland and France are the largest,” said Iben Kristoffersen, director of the Danish fertility clinic Stork.
According to Stine Willum Adrian, an associate professor at Aalborg University, who has studied fertility tourism, Denmark has Europe’s, if not the world’s, most liberal legislation, allowing single women to undergo artificial insemination since 1997. 
“The legislation is very different across Europe,” he said. “There are some places where single women and lesbians do not have access to treatment.” 
At Stork, more than 90 percent of the customers come from abroad and more than half are single. 
Within Denmark, growing numbers of single women are opting to undergo artificial insemination without a partner. 
A record 580 Danish children were born to single women who had become pregnant through articificial insemination last year, about one percent of all children born. 
Elisabeth Carlsen, a consultant at Rigshospitalet Fertility Clinic and chairman of the Danish Fertility Society, said that few women going through the process were actively against having a father involved.
“Many of the women who come have lived in a relationship without having children, others have lived alone, but most have had a desire to have children as part of a family with a father,” she said. 
Denmark’s DR2 broadcaster will on Monday night show the documentary ‘Love in a Straw’, made in 2014 by Danish documentarist Søs Hoffman, which follows Maria Sommer and Signe Fjord, two Danish single women, as they go through the insemination process. 
Hoffman posted a clip from the film up on her Facebook page on Friday. 

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Danes pulled up by Australia for smuggling pig semen

Two Danish pig farmers face prison sentences in Australia for illegally importing pig semen into the country over a period spanning several years.

Danes pulled up by Australia for smuggling pig semen

The two Danish citizens, Torben Sørensen and Henning Laue, are senior employees with GD Pork, a company based in Western Australia.

They will serve sentences of three and two years respectively.

The two men showed “a disturbing disregard” for Australian law and risked introducing exotic diseases to the country, agriculture minister Bridget McKenzie said.

Shampoo bottles were used to illegally bring the pig semen into Australia on a series of occasions between 2009 and 2017.

Such import gave the farmers an unfair competitive advantage by increasing genetic diversity and subjected Australia’s pig farming industry to “serious danger”, McKenzie said.

At least 199 sows were inseminated with the imported ejaculate, resulting in the births of up to 2,000 piglets, Australian national broadcaster ABC reports.

“GD Pork imported the semen illegally in an attempt to get an unfair advantage over its competitors, through new genetics,” McKenzie told the Australian Associated Press.

“Boar semen can potentially contain a number of exotic diseases, including porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, which could devastate Australian breeding herds,” she added.

Australian authorities apply strict rules for the import of biological products into the country in order to protect its ecosystems.

Danish pigs have better genetics than their Australian counterparts with regard to fertility, according to the ABC.

GD Pork is owned by a Danish company, Pork Australia, which collapsed this year as a result of the problems with its Australian firm and is expected to be dissolved, Ritzau reports.

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