GUANGZHOU, CHINA – Chinese college students are flocking to become sperm donors with many young Catholics supporting the process in apparent contradiction of their Church’s teachings.
Some say they do not know the Church’s position on reproductive techniques or even abortion.
“I don’t know the Church’s position, but I won’t oppose” an act that helps infertile couples and improve social development, said Mr Joseph Wen from Guangzhou.
He said he believes that morality changes as society progresses.
A sperm donor can receive up to 3,000 yuan (S$576) in subsidies if he finishes the whole process of 10 donations over three months. That is equivalent to an average yearly scholarship for an outstanding student.
Guangdong province’s official sperm bank received more than 900 donations last year, about twice the number of previous years.
But the Catholic Church is opposed to sperm or egg donation as well as surrogacy.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that “these techniques ... infringe the child’s right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage”.
Some young Catholics, however, believe sperm donation is a positive thing.
It is “a charitable act to sacrifice oneself to help others”, said Mr Paul Zhuang, who believes it should be encouraged.
One woman, Teresa, said, “If I were a man, I would become a donor immediately. I can get not only the money, but also a free checkup. What a good thing!”
Many Catholics lay the blame for young people’s enthusiasm for sperm donation on priests who do not tell them about the Church teaching on the subject.
The parish priest “never mentioned it, just like school teachers never teach sex education”, and most laypeople do not know they cannot use artificial contraception or have abortions, said Mr Zhuang. - UCANEWS.COM