Got to get you into my life: Offspring of donor insemination challenging confidentiality rules

Anna Kalaitzidis, Flinders University
Paul Jewell, Flinders University


A sperm donor is the biological father but not the social father of a child conceived through donor insemination. What is the significance, if any, of the genetic connection between the donor and donor offspring? How do the various stakeholders perceive the significance and how does the variety of views influence legislation? Initially, donor insemination was an informal arrangement between doctor and patient in which the genetic connection with the donor was downplayed or even concealed. As the practice became formalised through specialist clinics, the anonymity of donors was maintained. As donor-conceived children reached adulthood, however, some of them challenged the policy. The ensuing debate has resulted in significant legislative changes.

Dr Anna Kalaitzidis <> teaches legal studies in the School of Law at Flinders University. Her research interests include social policy, law reform and reproductive technologies. Dr Paul Jewell <> is a philosopher in the School of Health Sciences at Flinders University. His research interests include social philosophy, public policy and ethics. He is the author of Disability Ethics (Common Ground 2010).

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