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WHNews: Illegal sperm, News Broadcasting, Older Lesbians

January 16th, 2015

Episode 119 of 722 episodes

Radio 4's Out of the Ordinary has found online groups where women are looking for cheap or 'free' donors, and 'super donors', men fiercely proud of their apparent fertility. Jenni speaks to Juliet Tizzard, Director of Strategy at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority about the current regulations governing sperm donation, and Erika Tranfield who runs an online sperm donor site. Why are there still not enough women in News and Current Affairs broadcasting? Jenni speaks to the chair of the Lords Communications Committee, Lord Best. The biggest study into the lives of older lesbians in Britain has been carried out by Dr Jane Traies from Brighton. Jane contacted nearly 400 women from all over Britain. They ranged in age from sixty to ninety and the interviews were carried out over a two year period. Some of the women interviewed by Jane were recorded, she shares some of the recordings with Woman's Hour and tells Jenni about her research.