+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    6,241
    Thanks
    5,707
    Thanked
    4,634
    Reviews
    20
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts

    Default Donors' rights

    I'm watching the today show and they interviewed a man that was a sperm donor pre 1988. He is asking that the laws be changed so that donors have the right to meet the children that they helped create. I haven't been on either side, but I would think that when someone chooses to donate, they are going into it knowing their rights and responsibilities end when they donate and that it's not fair for this man to now pipe up and want something to with these now adults.

    What does everyone else think?

    I'll find the link for this story and post it.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    8,705
    Thanks
    581
    Thanked
    647
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    I have a friend going through a donor sperm agency atm.

    I think the fathers should be able to put through a request to meet with their offspring, but I think the meeting should be mutual, and the offspring has the right to deny this meeting. I think it should also be the same the other way around- the children should be able to put through a request to meet their donors but the donor has the right to deny this request.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,740
    Thanks
    140
    Thanked
    455
    Reviews
    8
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Awards:
    Bubhub Blogger
    I saw it too OP and it made me uncomfortable - especially how he kept referring to the children as 'my children'. He chose to donate and agreed not to contact the children.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    6,241
    Thanks
    5,707
    Thanked
    4,634
    Reviews
    20
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts

    Default Re: Donors' rights

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamilicious View Post
    I saw it too OP and it made me uncomfortable - especially how he kept referring to the children as 'my children'. He chose to donate and agreed not to contact the children.
    I found that weird too!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    266
    Thanks
    23
    Thanked
    40
    Reviews
    0
    .
    Last edited by lolly137; 17-09-2015 at 18:39.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    892
    Thanks
    219
    Thanked
    746
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Perhaps just having an option available where the donor can say when they donate that they are either happy to be contacted in the future, or dont want to be. And then the decision can be made by the resulting child when they come of a certain age?

    It seems a bit cheeky to choose to donate your sperm, knowingly forego parental rights and responsibilities, contribute nothing financially or emotionally and then come in later to try and have a relationship with the child or adult.

  7. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to WineTime For This Useful Post:

    atomicmama  (10-12-2012),kymmie  (31-12-2012),Mod-Degrassi  (10-12-2012),TnA  (10-12-2012)

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    1,106
    Thanks
    179
    Thanked
    669
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    On the other hand, many doner fathers do not want to be contacted, and (I believe) new legislation says that a child can access information of their biological parent. I think this has put a lot of men off donating sperm. My hubby really wanted to donate sperm to assist people to have a family, but didn't as he didnt want the complication of possibly being contacted in later life, he didn't want to know what, if anything, had been done with his donation IYKWIM.

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to Kaybaby For This Useful Post:

    WineTime  (10-12-2012)

  10. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    1,393
    Thanks
    815
    Thanked
    688
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Kaybaby View Post
    On the other hand, many doner fathers do not want to be contacted, and (I believe) new legislation says that a child can access information of their biological parent. I think this has put a lot of men off donating sperm. My hubby really wanted to donate sperm to assist people to have a family, but didn't as he didnt want the complication of possibly being contacted in later life, he didn't want to know what, if anything, had been done with his donation IYKWIM.
    Yes, there is a shortage of donors now for this reason. Most men don't want to be contacted later on. They don't want some random people coming up to them later in life who might have expectations that they do not want to fulfill.

    I think its fair in a way because the kids will probably be curious and want to know about their biological parent at some point, the same as a kid who is adopted, but I can see the other side as well. It puts men off donating and makes it harder for parents who can't conceive without donor sperm.

    In regards to the OP, I think this man is being very unreasonable. He knew what he was doing and he has no right to suddenly decide he wants to be a parent to these people. They are not 'his children' as far as I'm concerned. Donating sperm does not make you a parent.
    Meetings should be able to be arranged where both parties want it, but this man has no right to be given contact information for people who don't even know who he is.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Melbourne Couple Looking for egg donors
    By wannabemum4 in forum Egg Donor Needed
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-09-2012, 18:16
  2. So many questions for egg donors and the recipients
    By button21 in forum Egg Donation
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-09-2012, 13:31
  3. Looking for EBM donors - Brisbane and surrounds
    By Merla in forum Breastfeeding Support
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-07-2012, 06:11

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
Be In BlossomWe offer physiotherapy run pregnancy Pilates, pregnancy Aerobics, and Mummy Pilates & Baby Massage classes with a ...
REVIEWS
"Pigeon teats rule!"
by Alex
Pigeon PP Wide Neck reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›