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Sperm donation: right to know or right to privacy?
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Sweden, Austria, UK. In Australia, anonymous donation of eggs and sperm is banned in all states and territories.
However, unlike Victoria, parents of donor-conceived children under 18 years of age cannot make applications for information about their donor and donor-conceived people need to wait until adulthood to make an application. Donor-conceived people in those states can lodge information on a voluntary register hoping their donor or donor-siblings also lodge information to allow them to exchange information.
In states without legislation, donor-conceived people who seek information about the donor or their parents rely on the willingness of treating clinics to search for and approach the donor.
They promote openness and give all those who wish, particularly donor-conceived people, the opportunity to connect with people they are related to through donor conception. They also provide safeguards to donors who donated under conditions of anonymity by allowing them to state whether and how they wish to be contacted.
However, some donors may still be concerned about the possibility of others knowing they once donated sperm or eggs. Other jurisdictions around the world and in Australia will watch with interest how the most recent changes to donor conception laws in Victoria are managed and how the people affected by them respond. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Karin Hammarberg , Monash University.
The history of donor conception legislation in Victoria Medical facilities have used donor sperm to treat couples with male infertility since at least the s ; egg donation became possible some 30 years ago. What are the rules elsewhere? You might also like Those who know the identity of their donor from a young age are less likely to experience psychological problems.
Sperm donors may want anonymity, but there are real kids out there
Ron Wiecki. If proposed Victorian laws are enacted, they will be a world-first for donor-conception. Community Community standards Republishing guidelines Friends of The Conversation Research and Expert Database Analytics Events Our feeds Donate Company Who we are Our charter Our team Our blog Partners and funders Resource for media Contact us Stay informed and subscribe to our free daily newsletter and get the latest analysis and commentary directly in your inbox. Follow us on social media.