Tenn. man wants to operate sperm bank

Jan. 13, 2010 at 7:40 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The Knoxville, Tenn., planning commission says it will decide whether to allow a man to operate a sperm bank and give musical performances out of his house.

David Perkins is requesting the Metropolitan Planning Commission rule in his favor Thursday on two requests: To use his two-story home as a duplex and to use it for home-based business allowing him to perform, telemarket and teach music, and to coordinate fertility services, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

His neighbors in the homeowners group are less than pleased.

"We are very much opposed to all of this," said Jim Bletner, board member of the Kingston Pike Sequoyah Hills Association.

Perkins has a Web site he operates for two fertility businesses. One is called Family Building LLC, the newspaper reported.

He describes it as a referral service for couples trying to conceive. All referrals are conducted by telephone and computer but procedures are conducted in proper facilities, Perkins said.

The other fertility business is called Jewish Egg Donor whereby he arranges for women to donate their eggs and Perkins appears to be the sperm donor, the News Sentinel reported.

"The Torah commands us to be fruitful and multiply," he said.

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