Brit Health Service Ripped for Buying Porn
Watchdog says helping sperm donors along is unethical
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2010 3:50 AM CDT
Just over half the hospitals who used porn paid for it, while the others relied on donations.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – A British think-tank is attacking the National Health Service for spending roughly $1,000 of its $165 billion annual budget on porn magazines and DVDs. The group found that a third of health authorities providing fertility services offered materials to help hurry along the sperm donation process, the Telegraph reports. Some authorities used porn donated by publishers, staff, or patients, while those that paid for it spent an average of $30 a year.

The watchdog group's director says the use of porn hasn't been sanctioned by the government and that its use is disrespectful to women. Some "77% of the NHS workforce is female and they should never have to work in an environment that endorses pornography," she said, adding that it was potentially harmful for health authorities to "unnecessarily introduce addictive material" to patients. The group suggests donors bring samples they produced earlier using their own materials.