Bioethics Discussion Blog: Should children be told that they were "donor conceived"? Would it ever be ethical not to tell them?

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Should children be told that they were "donor conceived"? Would it ever be ethical not to tell them?

Should children be told that they were "donor conceived"? Would it ever be ethical not to tell them?


If they are to be told, at what age should that be? Should an attempt be made to identify the donor? Should the donor be allowed or encouraged to visit the children? When?

If the donor is a woman donating eggs and not a man donating sperm would there be a difference in answers to the above questions?

How would the questions be answered if the questions applied to a surrogate "mother" who only carried the pregnancy to delivery resulting from implantation of the fertilized eggs of a husband and wife? ..Maurice.

Note: I also posted these questions on Medpedia. You can read responses there by clicking on this link.

3 Comments:

At Wednesday, September 07, 2011 1:56:00 PM, Blogger Maurice Bernstein, M.D. said...

Another issue that complicates the questions asked on this thread is the fact that some male sperm donors have contributed to the birth of a number of children in the same locality. In fact, a recent story in the New York Times discusses a popular donor who has contributed to 150 births and there is concern that eventually incest might occur between the children of various families if there is no publicized identification of which children are offspring from which single donor. ..Maurice.

 
At Tuesday, September 27, 2011 3:58:00 PM, Blogger damianhadams said...

No it is not ethical to keep this a secret. And it doesn't matter what the situation is, sperm, egg, surrogate, how many were conceived in the same locality.
We deserve the basic human dignity to know the truth. Not just about our biological father or mother, but about our other siblings created this way and our extended families (biological grandparents etc).

 
At Wednesday, October 05, 2011 8:01:00 AM, Blogger Dmitri Pisartchik said...

Hi Maurice,

I think there is an underlying challenge to your questions. How important is it know who your genetic, and indeed gestational, parent is? There are certainly instrumental interests, such as knowing their medical and in particular genetic history, or how many siblings you may have that are unknown to you, but is there any deeper value to knowing who's genes you're made of, or whose womb you came out of?

There is some intuitive pull to say that there is, but I have as of yet not been able to articulate and defend this intuition. Which makes me wonder.

Dmitri

 

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