Psycho-social, ethical and legal arguments for and against the retrospective release of information about donors to donor-conceived individuals in Australia

Allan, Sonia 2011, Psycho-social, ethical and legal arguments for and against the retrospective release of information about donors to donor-conceived individuals in Australia, Journal of law and medicine, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 354-376.

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Title Psycho-social, ethical and legal arguments for and against the retrospective release of information about donors to donor-conceived individuals in Australia
Author(s) Allan, Sonia
Journal name Journal of law and medicine
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 354
End page 376
Total pages 13
Publisher Lawbook Co
Place of publication Rozelle, N.S.W.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 1320-159X
Keyword(s) donors
ethical arguments
legal arguments
donor-conceived individuals
Summary In the February 2011 report on its inquiry into the past and present practices of donor conception in Australia, the Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee called for the introduction of legislation to regulate donor conception in all jurisdictions that do not have it in place "as a matter of priority". It further called for the establishment, "as a matter of priority", of a national register of donors to enable donor-conceived individuals to access identifying information about their donor. The Senate Committee left open the question as to whether the legislation and central register should have retrospective effect. This article focuses upon that question. It shows that arguments concerning the privacy, confidentiality and anonymity of some donors who may wish to remain anonymous are outweighed by the manifest injustice faced by donor-conceived individuals who are denied access to such information, as well as their families and donors who wish to exchange this information.
Language eng
Field of Research 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Lawbook Co
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047303

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