New “Order a Daddy” app lets women swipe to find a sperm donor match
Finding the perfect sperm donor match just got a little easier for women. In the internet age, everyone wants convenience, even when it comes to family planning. Now, women are able to find the perfect father for their child with a new app. The “Order a Daddy” app lets women swipe to find a sperm donor match for all of their qualifications. The London-based app was created by the London Sperm Bank Donors and allows women to find a sperm donor based on characteristics like eye color, height, and race. The father’s name is kept under wraps, but all of their other information, including medical history, employment information, and a quick description of their personality, is available for the future mother to see. It’s kinda like Tinder, but there are no awkward dates.
Unlike a dating app, there is no picture of the person, so a woman who cares about looks will have to take her chances and hope he’s attractive. Once a woman finds the perfect match, she can make her payment (950 pounds) via the app and a sperm sample is sent to the fertility clinic where the woman receives care. The app has been promoted as a method for women to plan their families “on the go” and meets all the legal requirements for IVF regulators. So, it is official – women can start a family via a free app.
The Order a Daddy app has received criticism from several sources, though. Director of Comment on Reproductive Ethics Josephine Quintavalle told Sarah-Kate Templeton of The Times “How much further can we go in the trivialization of parenthood? This is reproduction via the mobile phone. It’s digital dads. Choose Daddy. This is the ultimate denigration of fatherhood.”
Dr. Kamal Ahuja, scientific director of the London Sperm Bank Donors, fired back at the comments and said the app allowed women to have control and choose the right donor in her own time. While it seems unusual to make a life-changing decision via an app, Dr. Ahuja has a point. We are in a changing world where technology reigns supreme. People like to be able to do things from the comfort of their own couch, and if people are actually using the app, then it must be beneficial for them. And, it’s not like the women involved want to interact with the donor anyway, so what’s the big deal with using an app?
The app is currently available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store, but it’s only for women in the U.K. right now.