Donor-Conceived Persons Demand Their Biological Origins
Yet more evidence that Anonymous Sperm and Egg Donation is Over (and not soon enough, if you ask me).
Currently, in the United States, you need a license to sell a condo or cut hair in a salon, but not to broker human life. The $3 billion fertility industry goes largely unregulated, offering blank pages to those searching for information where the rest of us are free to access vital statistics of public record. “I’m not a treatment, I’m a person, and those records belong to me,” says Pratten.
On top of the serious risk of inbreeding and the medical and health concerns associated with anonymous sperm and egg donation, we all should be entitled to know our biological heritage for the sake of the effect it has on our self image and identity:
At whatever point on the political, religious, or even academic spectrum these studies’ administrators fall, they do seem to agree on this point: the majority of donor-conceived adolescents are curious about their biological origins. “They want information that most of us have from birth and take for granted and that helps answer questions we all ask in the normal psychological process of developing one’s identity—who we are,” says Scheib.
Should Olivia Pratten and other donor conceived persons not have the same rights to their biological origins that the rest of us have – that even adopted persons are being accorded now days?
May she win her lawsuit, may the records of her biological heritage still be in existence when she does, and may the laws of the United States catch up with those of Canada and the rest of the civilized world as rapidly as possible. Time is of the essence. The debt of havoc being wreaked by the fertility industry in America on donor conceived persons – and the women they harvest their eggs from – is compounding every day:
As the battle for hearts and minds rages on in churches, think tanks, laboratories, and cyberspace, the practice of selling gametes is only growing. Women on elite college campuses are aggressively targeted for their eggs, and sperm donor catalogs now feature celebrity look-alikes. Stricter legislation in some countries has encouraged “reproductive tourism” in others, prompting the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology to call for a standardized code of practice on cross-border care.