Thoughts of donor conception practices from a donor offspring whose views changed dramatically once he had children of his own. This event has lead me on a quest to find my true identity, heritage, family health history and genetic relations (both donor and siblings), for myself and for my children.
Donor conception practices in Australia
have left thousands of donor-conceived people, their families and gamete
donors bereft of information. The lack of a nationally
timeline-consistent approach to information access has driven these
people to seek support and information from self-help groups, online
communities and even their own DNA. This article examines the historical
perspective of information access and how progress is being made
through lobbying and public awareness. To determine the current status
of information availability, fertility clinics around Australia were
surveyed. It is argued that current practices continue to fail
donor-conceived people, their families and gamete donors, and that until
all donor offspring are afforded the right to know their genetic family
history, they will continue to suffer discrimination, and potentially
risk psychological and physical trauma.
For any Aussie's out there that fall into the donor or recipient parent category please consider taking part in the following research study.
Attitudes to Disclosure in Donor Conception Study
Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Concept Fertility Centre are investigating the reasons people choose to tell or not to tell members of their family and wider social network about their involvement in donor conception.
Who can participate?
• Recipients of sperm, eggs or embryos, and their partners
• Donors of sperm, eggs or embryos
What is involved?
• Completion of an anonymous online (or paper) questionnaire. The questionnaire takes about 15-20 minutes.
• Project information and access to the questionnaire is available in the Research Section of the Perth IVF Website http://www.perthivf.com/research.html OR
• Email Dr Kathy Sanders for a paper copy
• Please contact Assistant Professor Kathy Sanders at the School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology, The University of Western Australia.