TSBC Equity Policy
It is part of TSBC’s mission to find ways to provide equitable services, including access to reproductive options for our increasingly diverse community. For this reason, we have created our Equity Policy which includes reserving vials of certain donors to better assist TSBC recipients in their family creation efforts. Vial purchase restrictions may occur for a variety of reasons and on a case by case basis.
Vial purchase restrictions may include but are not limited to:
- The number of vials purchased in a single transaction. This allows TSBC to assist as many recipients as possible in creating families with their donor of choice.
- The number of vials purchased from a donor’s Sibling Inventory in one transaction. This allows families who may not be capable of purchasing more than one vial at a time the opportunity to plan their future family with less worry.
- Vial purchases to recipients if they, their partner, or their existing children do not share ancestry with the donor. This allows recipients to create families that have a shared cultural identity.
- TSBC is committed to assisting all recipients in creating their desired family, including preserving access for those seeking a donor with shared ancestry and culture. As sperm can remain frozen for extended periods of time, the equity policy allows TSBC to assist current and future recipients. TSBC has been able to develop a small yet diverse catalog. However, there are certain ethnic groups for which TSBC has fewer options in comparison to others. Most families seek a donor who shares their ethnic background. Prospective parents are willing to look internationally for donors with shared ethnicity when necessary. TSBC seeks to provide donor access to as many recipients as possible who are faced with unique challenges in finding a donor who shares their ethnic background and/or race.
- For a little over a year, TSBC only had one Mexican donor on the catalog. He quickly reached family limit, but only 6 out of 10 families shared his ancestry. This severely limited TSBC’s ability to meet the needs of other Mexican recipients seeking donors of shared ancestry.
- TSBC had one Ethiopian donor who was sought out by Ethiopian families all over the world hoping to use a donor of shared ethnicity. Realizing the impact of having such a unique donor and reacting quickly, TSBC was able to provide multiple recipients with the Ethiopian donor they had failed to find anywhere else.
- Additionally, development of cultural identity for donor-conceived children who are ethnically and/or racially different from their parents can be more challenging than for donor-conceived children who share similar race and/or ethnicity with one or both parents. One TSBC family interviewed stated “What mattered more - the way we felt about a certain donor, or the way our child would feel growing up so different from the two people they are supposed to trust the most? Again, we put our child first and changed our minds, choosing a donor of similar European heritage. This is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent, and even though you don't have a baby yet, you have to think like a parent and the well-being of your child. We are so grateful for the help, advice, and caring counsel that we received from TSBC”. John and Meghan, a TSBC family (February 2016) ~ Donor Ethnicity, Your Family and Your Future Child