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‘The broken promise of anonymity’? Bioethicist’s call to guard identity of sperm and egg donors is misguided

An academic bioethicist has published a controversial paper supporting the rights of sperm and egg donors to remain anonymous over the rights of their offspring to learn donor identities.

 

"Genetic databases and the future of donor anonymity" appears in the journal Human Reproduction. The author is Guido Pennings, from the department of philosophy and moral science at the Bioethics Institute Ghent. My opinion is that Dr. Pennings' opinion fails to capture the complexity of donation.

 

"Not Parent Expected"

From 1950 until 1958, a man whom I do not know donated his sperm to help infertile couples in Brooklyn. As a result, my sister and I have, at last count, six half-siblings.

 

To continue reading go to Genetic Literacy Project, where this post first appeared.

 

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