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Title: Donor Conception, Secrecy and the Search for Information
Contributor(s): Allan, Sonia  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2012-07-09
Early Online Version: 2012-06-08
DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2102423
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Donor conception has historically been shrouded in secrecy. Such secrecy has been underpinned by social views and legal issues concerning the adults involved in the process – the donor, the recipient parent(s), and, at times, the doctor. However, there is increasing recognition of the need to focus upon donor-conceived people's interests and rights to have identifying and non-identifying information about their donors. This editorial examines issues raised in relation to information release, while also introducing some of the arguments presented by other authors in this Special Issue of the JLM. It also considers recent Australian federal and State government inquiries that have favoured information release and the former Victorian Infertility Treatment Authority's service model to support people in the process of information access and release. While there has been a clear shift to favouring openness and honesty, legislative action is still required to ensure the balancing and realisation of people's interests.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Law and Medicine, 19(4), p. 631-650
Publisher: Lawbook Co
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1320-159X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 480412 Medical and health law
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 230499 Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
230405 Law reform
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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