As my avatar may give away, I'm french, but have been in Australia for a while.
There is a big debate that is happening in France at the moment. The parliament is discussing wedding between same-sex persons. It is not legal yet, but I believe it will be very soon (not soon enough if you ask me).
It sparks another debate which whether are not to allow 2 women to have access to IVF. People that are against it argue that a child can not technically be born from 2 persons of the same sex.
BUT in France, when heterosexual couples go through IVF using sperm or egg donors, they become the legal genitors - as in, there is no mention anywhere of the biological donor. Data are erased/no kept (since donation are anonymous, there is no possibility for the kids later on to know who their biological genitor is.
Basically the french legislation is sitting on the right of the child to have access to its biological/genetic history (not sure if that makes sense?).
So I was wondering if it was the same in Australia? Just curious in how this works in other countries to help me put the french debate in perspective.
I don't want to start a big debate, just after some facts on australian legislation. I hope someone can help
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22-01-2013 12:04 #1
Australia law on IVF with donors
22-01-2013 12:07 #2
I'm pretty sure there's no such thing as anonymous donation in Australia any more.
When I donated eggs I had to agree to my identity being disclosed to any resulting child when he/she turns 18.
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22-01-2013 12:18 #3
Re: Australia law on IVF with donors
In QLD you can have two females on the baby's birth certificate. My son has my partner (his bio mum) listed as 'mother' and me (non bio mum) listed as 'parent'. So legally 2 women can have a baby that they are both equally legally responsible for. Not sure about ivf donation tho sorry.
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22-01-2013 12:24 #4
Australia law on IVF with donors
NSW is the same. If 2 women intend to conceive a child together, they are listed as mother and parent.
If they separate, the embryos still belong to both women (ie. cannot be used by the biological mother with the consent of the original intended parent).
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22-01-2013 12:43 #5
OK, I understand! Sperm and egg donations can still be anonymous but the details about donor identity are kept and kids over 18yo can access it.
It seems that France is being the ball!!
Thanks for your replies
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