The Boston Globe reports on November 23, 2008 of rising demands for release of donor information from sperm banks so that children may identify their fathers. Sperm donation has traditionally been cloaked with anonymity, but many young people now challenge that. The Globe reports a growing debate about whether donors should be allowed to remain anonymous. At the center of the debate are organization such as the Donor Sibling Registry, an online entity that has helped over 5,900 people conceived by sperm donation with their half siblings or with the donors themselves. Thus, the debate revolves around who has greater rights--the donors who want to be anonymous or the children who want to know more about their fathers.
Sperm banks are the primary proponents of anonymity, arguing that if they are not allowed to protect the privacy of donors, supplies of donor sperm with decrease dramatically. One might question the sperm banks’ motives. Is this a genuine desire to protect privacy or is there a profit motive? Earlier this month, a top British medical journal reported that after England decided to ban anonymity in 2005, once-plentiful supplies of sperm are running so low that some clinics report two-year waits.
The entire Globe article, The search for DGM 2598 | More children of anonymous sperm donors want to know who fathered them here. A once-time registration may be required.