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Donor-Conceived and Out of the Closet
The children of anonymous sperm donors are growing up, speaking out, and demanding rights in a forum fraught with controversy.
When she was younger, Alana S. used to experiment and tell people her dad died when she was a baby and that she didn’t really ever get to know him. She would get a sincere hug and a heartfelt, “I’m so sorry.” But when she told people the truth of her father’s whereabouts, she got a response mostly filled with confusion.
(MY NOTE: I'm not sure if this is new news or not but if you are from the UK - born after 8/91 - 19 yrs old or younger - there is a registry for YOU to find half siblings but not "biological donor fathers" or for anyone older. I just don't understand why they can extend this as a voluntary registry to include "biological donor fathers" and those born before this date.)
Fertility watchdog aims to put donor siblings in touch
12 April 2010
By Nisha Satkunarajah
Appeared in BioNews 553
Woman's Own Magazine
"This woman found my son's secret family
With the help of Wendy Kramer, Luna Jeffe's son, Hunter, is getting to meet siblings he never knew he had - all sharing the same sperm donor father."
Report: Sperm-donor offspring support idea
But they also have concerns about father, half-siblings
By Cheryl Wetzstein
Many adults born from a sperm donor constantly look for their "dads" and worry about dating someone who is a biological sibling. Ten percent say they felt like a "freak of nature."
"I just want more information about who I am": the search experience of sperm-donor offspring, searching for information about their donors and genetic heritage
Amber L. Cushing
School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Introduction. This paper discusses the findings of a qualitative study of sperm-donor offspring conceived in the United States who have searched for information about their donors and genetic heritage. It explores how these individuals search for information and the characteristics of such searches.
The Birds and the Bees (via the Fertility Clinic)
By ROSS DOUTHAT
Published: May 30, 2010
If you want to adopt a child in the United States, you’ll face an array of bureaucratic roadblocks and invasive interrogations. Adoption agencies will assess your finances, your relationships, and your fitness as a potential guardian. The interests of the child, not the desires of the would-be parent, will be treated as paramount throughout.
This is an interesting new documentary I just learned about:
“The infertility industry has a dirty little secret…
Coming Summer 2010″