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Published on September 3rd, 2019 | by Cara Gormally


Beyond the Turkey Baster: A Queer Mom Dishes on Donor Sperm

A chapter from Science, Luck & Love: How Two Moms Made a Baby

By Cara Gormally


  • Kalampalikis, N.,M. Doumergue, S. Zadeh, French Federation of CECOS. 2018. Sperm donor regulation and disclosure intentions: Results from a nationwide multi-centre study in France. Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online. 5:38-45.
  • U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Artificial Insemination: Practice in the United States: Summary of a 1987 Survey—Background Paper, OTA-13P-BA-48 (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, August 1988).
  • Van den Akker, Olga. 2006. A review of family donor constructs: Current research and future directions. Human Reproduction Update. 12(2): 91–101.

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About the Author

Cara Gormally is a biology professor who draws comics to make science relevant to everyday life. She teaches at Gallaudet University. She lives in the DC metro area with her favorite mammals: her partner, poodle, an extra-large cat, and a very curious preschooler. Her autobiographical science story comics have recently appeared on Medium’s Spiralbound and at Popula, among other places. See more of her comics on Instagram and at She’s currently working on a longform comic piece about the science and technology of making babies.

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