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Donor gametes and embryos: who wants to know what about whom, and why?

Broderick, P. and Walker, I. (2001) Donor gametes and embryos: who wants to know what about whom, and why? Politics and the Life Sciences, 20 (1). pp. 29-42.

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Many treatments for infertility require the use of donated gametes or embryos. Arguments have been made that all parties involved (donors, recipients, and children) should have open access to information about one another. The present article reports a survey of attitudes of 77 donors and 327 recipients in the state of Western Australia. Donors and recipients endorsed a register of nonidentifying information, but were less keen on a register of identifying information. They believed that medical personnel should have access to such registers, and that donors and recipients (but not children) should have access to nonidentifying, but not identifying, information. Typically, the sort of information respondents wanted to access pertained to health status and physical characteristics. Overwhelmingly, both donors and recipients saw gamete and embryo donation as more like blood donation than like adoption.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Association for Politics and the Life Sciences
Copyright: Association for Politics and the Life Sciences
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