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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Fwd: Survey of 1700 Sperm Donor Recipients

Pdf not attached but see link below. And I love the quote at the end of Wendy's email by Hodding Carter.

Sara Axel
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Begin forwarded message:

From: Wendy Kramer <>
Date: August 18, 2013, 7:47:27 AM EDT
To: Sara <>
Subject: Survey of 1700 Sperm Donor Recipients

2013 Reproductive BioMedicine Online: A SURVEY OF 1700 Women who formed
their families using donor spermatozoa

The pdf of this paper is attached, and can be accessed on the DSR's Research page:

"This paper reports the results of an online survey of 1700 recipients of
donor spermatozoa conducted by the Donor Sibling Registry, aiming to understand
the perspectives of respondents who had used donor spermatozoa. The survey
examined: choice of sperm bank and donor; reporting of births and genetic disorders;
disclosure; contact with donor and half-siblings; regulation of sperm donor
activity and genetic testing; and access to medical information. The respondents
formed three groups: single women; women in a same-sex relationship; and
women in a heterosexual relationship. Some differences between the three cohorts
were observed: pre-insemination counseling; acceptance of donors without medical
records or with chronic or late-onset diseases; awareness of choice of bank
and type of donor; and views on the right of offspring to know their genetic
origins. However, important areas of common ground were identified: the
wish by those who had used an anonymous donor that they had used an open-identity
donor; support for, and willingness to pay for, comprehensive genetic testing of
donors; and desire for access to their donor's family health information.
The implications of these results for policies concerning the use and
management of donor spermatozoa will be discussed."

"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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