Frozen Assets

America is the largest exporter of sperm. But what happens when all those kids grow up and decide to go looking for Daddy?

Spencer Lowell for TIME

For Shari Ann, good canadian sperm was hard to find. As a single woman in her late 30s, she wanted to get pregnant and knew she didn't have much time. When she began to hunt for the perfect donor, however, she was frustrated by the selection. In her hometown of Quebec City, she found only a few Jewish candidates--a must for Shari Ann (who asked to go by her first name to protect her family's privacy)--and none of them were suitable. So she called a clinic in Toronto that contacted a sperm bank in Virginia, and there she found her genetic...

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