Sperm Donation & Race

Women have been making choices about their children’s possible appearance and identity from the beginning of human history. Long before genetics, people knew that parental characteristics show up in their offspring.

With modern technologies, the prospects for trying to fix your child’s heritable characteristics are expanding, raising plenty of ethical issues.

Race, however, is not a biological fact but a social fact — a social fact that, for example, Americans who are known to have African ancestry are regarded as African-American. What’s more, having an African-American donor doesn’t tell you what your child’s skin or hair will look like.

Read more at: The New York Times