Swiping right for a potential love connection isn’t just for dating apps like Tinder or Bumble.
Say hello to this new sperm donor app, so rightfully coined, “Order a Daddy.” Yes, you read that right! There’s now an app that allows you to swipe for a sperm donor. Naturally, there’s been a lot of heat surrounding this app. Some people are ecstatic while other’s think it dehumanizes the beauty of conceiving a child. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but before you make any decisions – let me give you some background information.
“Order a Daddy” was first launched by the London Sperm Bank. Right now, this app is exclusive to the United Kingdom. Women are able to browse UK’s donor catalog, straight from their phones. Each donor has their own profile, complete with a lengthy bio. It includes: physical characteristics (eye color, race, height), medical information, personal summaries, sketches, and other information that would help a woman make an educated decision. No names or photo graphics are used, in order to give the donor privacy.
The convenience of this app is amazing. If you don’t see a fit on the current catalog, you can create a donor preference. Once that kind of donor becomes available, the app will send an alert to your phone. If you see a donor you like, you can create a wish list. From there, you can order and pay for the sperm directly on the app. Don’t worry, the ordered sperm doesn’t get sent to anyone’s home. It’s sent to the hospital or clinic of the women’s choice.
Now that you know the deal, let’s see what everyone’s saying:
“How much further can we go in the trivialisation of parenthood?” said Josephine Quintavalle, director of campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, in The Times.
“Ordering a sperm from an online catalogue or an app does not trivialise treatment, and every step meets the requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority” according to BioNews.
According to The Independent, “Dr. Kamal Ahuja, scientific director of the London Sperm Bank, said…’You make all the transactions online, like you do anything else these days.”
“This allows a woman who wants to get a sperm donor to gain control in the privacy of her own home and to choose and decide in her own time. We think this is the first of its kind in the world,” stated in The Independent.
“Order a daddy” advertises itself as a way to “plan your family on the go.” The purpose is to let independent women start their families on their own time and in their own way. Times are changing and “Order a Daddy” is trying to change with them.