Donor identification 'kills gamete donation'? A response

Allan, Sonia 2012, Donor identification 'kills gamete donation'? A response, Human reproduction, vol. 27, no. 12, pp. 3380-3384, doi: 10.1093/humrep/des351.

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Title Donor identification 'kills gamete donation'? A response
Author(s) Allan, Sonia
Journal name Human reproduction
Volume number 27
Issue number 12
Start page 3380
End page 3384
Total pages 5
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0268-1161
Keyword(s) donor conception
gamete donation
donor anonymity
retrospective legislation
Summary Two Australian government inquiries have recently called for the release of information to donor-conceived people about their gamete donors. A national inquiry, recommended ‘as a matter of priority’ that uniform legislation to be passed nationwide. A state-based inquiry argued that all donor-conceived people should have access to information and called for the enactment of retrospective legislation that would override donor anonymity. This paper responds to an opinion piece published in Human Reproduction in October 2012 by Professor Pennings in which he criticized such recommendations and questioned the motives of people that advocate for information release. I answer the arguments of Pennings, and argue that all parties affected by donor conception should be considered, and a compromise reached. The contact veto system is one such compromise. I discuss the education and support services recommended by the Victorian government and question Pennings' assertions that legislation enabling information release will lead to a decrease in gamete donation. Finally, I rebut Pennings' assertion that there is a ‘hidden agenda’ behind the call for information release. There is no such agenda in my work. If there is from others, then it is their discriminatory views that need to be addressed, not the move toward openness and honesty or the call for information by donor-conceived people.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/humrep/des351
Field of Research 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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