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Monday, May 30, 2011

From Wendy Kramer of The Donor Sibling Registry: Nature Magazine. May 27, 2011. Canadian court bans anonymous sperm and egg donation

Nature Magazine. May 27, 2011. Canadian court bans anonymous sperm and egg 

This quote from the ASRM really caught my attention:

But the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), an advisory and
advocacy group for the American fertility industry, says it will strongly oppose
any move to ban anonymous donations. "We think that people ought to be able to
build their families the way they see fit," says Sean Tipton, a spokesperson for
the ASRM. "And you don't change the rules in the middle of the game."

When will the ASRM begin to address the needs and the rights of those created 
from gamete donation? 
When will it address the rights of both the recipients and the gamete donors to 
be adequately counseled and educated at the front door, so that they can make 
fully educated decisions about open vs. anonymous donation?
When will it address the dire need for accurate record keeping and 
sharing/updating of medical information for families created via gamete 
donation?  How many groups of  50, 70 and more than a hundred half siblings 
will be formed before there is some sort of oversight installed?

The full article:

Wendy Kramer

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is 
roots; the other wings."- Hodding Carter

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