Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Retrospectivity for Victoria


This morning (Wednesday 28th March, 2012 – mark that day down in your history books), the state of Victoria in Australia, had a recommendation by it’s own Law Reform Commission (VLRC) which was tabled before parliament that stated that ALL donor conceived people, not just those born after a certain date, should have access to identifying information on their donor. In effect giving Victorian’s retrospective access to their records.
You can see the report here:
This is a world first whereby a governmental body has recognised that donor conceived people should be treated like everyone else in that society who have access to and knowledge of their progenitors. It won’t help those of us who have had our records destroyed, but it is a fundamental and important concept to attempt to correct the wrongs of the past, but more importantly to have the outcomes of this kinship separation acknowledged as being potentially harmful to the person conceived this way.
Now to just get the legislation created and enacted, and then, just as importantly to get the rest of Australia to follow suit.
It has been an incredibly long and arduous struggle by so many people to create social change, but it is great to finally see all our hard work pay off in the end.
Today, everything is right the world.