This article is centered on a woman named Sarah and seeks to expound on the topic of donation of sperms and ova and how such donations are to be regulated. Sarah discovers that the man she had called father all her life was indeed not her biological father since she was “donor conceived”. She learns that her father was a medical doctor and her need to find out more about him is an effort at futility since the sperm industry is shrouded in secrecy and records are inaccessible if not altogether destroyed. Her main reason for attempting to find information on her biological parent is based on her medical condition and it is her hope that the father’s medical records would hold an answer to cure her.
There are those who feel that a donor registry is important as is the case in Europe and Australia whereby children are able to know their biological parents and even trace siblings. However, in countries where registry records are kept about donors, there is an acute shortage of willing donors meaning that some women may not get pregnant as their biological clock ticks. U S stake holders in the sperm donation field feel that it is important that they form a voluntary registry to prevent congress from enacting laws to end anonymity. Nonetheless, children may never find out who their real parents are since their current parents may never tell them of the circumstances regarding their conception.
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This article has provided careful insight into the intricate nature of donor conception and the laws or lack of laws that surround the issue. First, I’m as perplexed as the author about the amount of interference that is accorded this form of conception as compared to the other forms of acquiring children. I’m also astounded by the laws that forbid single women to acquire children through this method regardless of their capabilities to be excellent mothers. Of importance however was the realization that donated sperms or eggs could carry with them hereditary disease that could affect he born child and be transmitted to other generations. This makes it important therefore to have some of registry to be used to evaluate the kind of diseases carried by the donor in the hope of dealing effectively with the condition. It is therefore worrying that there is no clear law in the States requiring the storage of such information and even more baffling that some banks even destroy information regarding donors. However, the fact that presence of registry’s in Europe have not helped but rather make things harder have complicated things and it becomes harder to decide on the mode of establishing registry’s in the country without suffering the same problems. This is because lack of anonymity causes donors to shy away leading many recipients to wait for years or even go to foreign countries to seek help.
The article leads one to appreciate the blessing of being conceived naturally and by extension having the ability to conceive without complications. Donors help several women get pregnant and therefore their opinions and concerns must be taken into consideration since their decisions and generosities change the future of many families. I was honored to realize the amount of effort women make to acquire children with some lobbying for change of legislators in order to be able to conceive and have children. It has been my position that there too many donors and this article has enlightened me to know that more men need to be noble and donate their sperms in order to assist those family that have conception problems. The article left me wondering just how many children out there live in families without even being aware that the man they call father might not be their biological parent. Sarah’s medical condition has indeed convinced me that a certain form of registry is required so that children can at least have access to medical records regarding their biological parents.
First and foremost I am against the destruction of medical records regarding donors since doing so might destroy vital information that is relevant for the well being offspring’s. Secondly, the unwillingness of donor banks to provide information to clients regarding the medical history of the donor is unethical since doing so like Sarah’s case puts her health and that of her future children at risk. It is my belief that some rights override basic concepts as total privacy and therefore it is logical that whereby evidence exists that disclosure is for the better good, then all effort should be aimed at facilitating the acquisition of such information to assist the person. The issue of vetting donors has not received enough attention and it is clear that tougher measures must be put in place to ensure that only fit individuals should become donors.
Miller, C. (2009). Reason Online: Who’s your dad? Children of sperm donors are seeking more information about their once-anonymous fathers, sometimes at the risk of the fertility industry itself. Retrieved May 29, 2009, from http://reason.com/news/show/130845.html .