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Donor conception, secrecy, and the search for information

journal contribution
posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Sonia Allan
Donor conception has historically been shrouded in secrecy. Such secrecy
has been underpinned by social views and legal issues concerning the adults involved in the process – the donor, the recipient parent(s), and, at times, the doctor. However, there is increasing recognition of the need to focus upon donor-conceived people’s interests and rights to have identifying and non-identifying information about their donors. This editorial examines issues raised in relation to information release, while also introducing some of the arguments presented by other authors in this Special Issue of the JLM. It also considers recent Australian federal and State government inquiries that have favoured information release and the former Victorian Infertility Treatment Authority’s service model to support people in the process of information access and release. While there has been a clear shift to favouring openness and honesty, legislative action is still required to ensure the balancing and realisation of people’s interests.

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Journal

Journal of Law and Medicine

Volume

19

Issue

4

Pagination

631 - 650

Publisher

Thomson Reuters

Location

Australia

ISSN

1320-159X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2012, Thomson Reuters

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