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Should Parents Disclose the Use of Donor Eggs to Their Children

Donor egg disclosure is advised, but it's a personal matter and a number of issues should be taken into account. Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Medical Director of Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta, GA, and Clinical Director of My Egg Bank, N.A. explains.

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Donor-Conceived Children Seek Missing Identities

NPR,  Sept 18, 2011
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Sperm donation has long been shrouded in secrecy, and that seemed in the best interest of both the donors and the couples who used their sperm. But now a generation of donor-conceived children has come of age, and many believe they should have the right to know who their biological parents are.

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A New Openness for Donor Kids about Their Biology

NPR,  Sept 17, 2011
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Women inseminated with a donor's sperm used to be advised to tell no one. Go home, doctors said, make love to your husband and pretend that worked. But in a trend that mirrors that of adoption — from secrecy to openness — more parents now do plan to tell such children how they were conceived and are seeking advice on how best to do that.

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The Canadian Court Ruling for Children of Anonymous Sperm, Egg and Embryo Donors

Do kids have a right to know?

a blog by Donor Diva, May 31, 2011

I recently read several articles about a British Columbia Judge ruling in favor of the offspring of anonymous sperm donation, egg donation and embryo donation being able to find out about their biological parents. My initial reaction was negative, but after some thought I realized this may be a good thing (in some ways).

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It's Never Too Late ...

Telling teenagers the truth about egg donor or sperm donor conception

a blog by Ellen Glazer, January 27, 2011

I can remember a time when people going through egg donation or sperm donation talked about “disclosure.” It’s a word that I’ve never liked, at least not in reference to the truths about how one built one’s family. The very word “disclosure” implies that there is a secret — or the possibility of one — and that that secret needs to be dealt with. I prefer the words, “truth” or simply “family story.”

These days, most people I meet fully intend to talk with their children openly and honestly about donor conception and to do so from a young age. But what of those who come from the “Disclosure Days?”

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Should You Disclose the Identity of a Donor?

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Examine your feelings about egg and sperm donation

a blog by David Kreiner, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., East Coast Fertility, October 11, 2010

It has been my experience, as well as that of others in the field, that many individuals conceived through egg or sperm donation are curious about their donor and the donor’s other offspring.

They may fantasize about their genetic parent and siblings. They are curious if they look like them and have similar behavioral traits. They want to know why their donor donated. They almost ubiquitously are curious to meet their donor, whether they want to have ongoing contact or not.

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Is Disclosure about Donor Parentage Wise?

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When a child grows up wondering

a blog by David Kreiner, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., East Coast Fertility, October 4, 2010

I received this letter from a former donor egg recipient. It made me think about what it might be like, years after the actual procedure for a child who grows up wondering about his/her donor parent.

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Donor Children Fight for 'Truth'

The Age,  Aug 16, 2010
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Opening the files on donor-conceived children

Australia — The files on every donor-conceived person born as a result of IVF should be opened so they can access information about their donors and siblings, a Senate committee has been told.

Victoria is at present the only Australian state with a functioning donor register to ensure that children can later access information about their origins.

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