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DCR (Donor Conceived Register)

A name given in 2013 to a voluntary information and contact register that enables donor-conceived people, their donors and their half-siblings to exchange information and (where desired) contact one another. The register was established as UK DonorLink in 2003, but changed its name when it began to be administered by the National Gamete Donation Trust as part of the National Gamete Donation Service. The register is for anyone over 18 who donated or was donor-conceived in the UK prior to August 1991.



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The conceptual foundation of the right to know one's genetic origins

05 June 2017 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Dr Juliet Guichon, Marie-Eve Lemoine, and Professor Michelle Giroux

In his commentary, Professor Guido Pennings argues there is no empirical evidence to support the assumption that it is in the best interests of children to know that they are donor conceived. We would like to add another layer to the critique, by focusing on the conceptual foundation underlying the right of donor-conceived people to know their genetic origins... [Read More]

Donor-conceived people do benefit from being told about their conception

30 May 2017 - by Professor Eric Blyth, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw, Iolanda Rodino, and Dr Petra Thorn

Professor Guido Pennings' provocatively entitled BioNews commentary¬†'Donor children do not benefit from being told about their conception' purports to highlight the shortcomings of existing research supporting a pro-disclosure agenda and castigates counsellors and researchers who advocate parental disclosure... [Read More]

Book Review: Telling and Talking about Donor Conception with People Aged 17 and Over - A Guide for Parents

22 May 2017 - by Susan Tranfield

Olivia Montuschi's revised 'Telling and Talking' booklet aims to guide parents of donor conceived children aged 17 or over through the delicate process of disclosure... [Read More]

Going home and forgetting about it: a different perspective on donors and donor conception

27 March 2017 - by Dr Petra Nordqvist and Hazel Burke

Until twelve years ago, most people donating eggs or sperm via a UK clinic would be anonymous. In the eyes of the law, this donation was a generous gift that was handed over without continuing responsibilities or ties for the donor. In fact, continued involvement of the donor was usually discouraged... [Read More]

Donor anonymity comes to an end in Victoria, Australia

06 March 2017 - by Rikita Patel

People conceived using donor eggs or sperm now have a legal right to identifiable information about their biological parents in Victoria, Australia... [Read More]

Regulating the donor-conception industry in the US

27 February 2017 - by Wendy Kramer

In the US, the donor-conception industry is largely unregulated, and there is wide variation in egg- and sperm-bank policies and procedures. Problems often arise as a result of lack of consistency around medical testing, health history follow-up, sharing and updating medical information, openness and transparency, and record-keeping and communication... [Read More]

Canadian fertility doctor accused of using own sperm to impregnate patients

07 November 2016 - by Ryan Ross

A Canadian fertility doctor is facing a class action lawsuit by the families of some of his former patients, who allege that he used his own sperm in donor-conception procedures without their knowledge or consent... [Read More]

Should the Law Commission take a look at the birth registration system?

17 October 2016 - by Dr Julie McCandless

Birth registration seems to be an increasingly 'unstraightforward' procedure for many. Given the impact that birth registration has on wider society, effective law reform cannot be implemented without asking wider questions about the role and purpose of birth registration in contemporary society, as opposed to piecemeal reform of a system that was designed to meet the needs of the early Victorian era... [Read More]

Sperm shortage in New Zealand

19 September 2016 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

New Zealand is facing a shortage of donor sperm, with some fertility experts saying women are waiting up to two years to receive treatment... [Read More]

Online banking for UK sperm donors

05 September 2016 - by Dr Kamal Ahuja, Dr Meheranghiz Minbattiwalla, Ms Toyin Jegede

The notion persists that sperm donation in Britain limps ahead in a state of perpetual crisis: difficulties at the much vaunted national sperm bank, imports of donor sperm flooding in from Denmark, and UK donors terrified of disclosing their identity. Yet nothing could be further from the truth... [Read More]

Sperm donor children with single parents 'well adjusted'

11 July 2016 - by Rachel Siden

Donor-conceived children born to single women are equally well adjusted as those from two-parent donor-conceived families, according to a recent UK study examining the views of single mothers and children aged between four and nine years old... [Read More]

How personal genomics spells the end of donor anonymity

03 May 2016 - by Professor Joyce Harper, Debbie Kennett and Dr Dan Reisel

With the rise of consumer genetic testing, it is now possible for people to accidentally discover that they were conceived using donor eggs or sperm and for donors who thought they were anonymous to be traced by their offspring... [Read More]

Retrospective removal of donor anonymity: respectful, fair, grateful and moral? An evidence-based argument

21 March 2016 - by Professor Eric Blyth and Dr Marilyn Crawshaw

The Government of Victoria should be applauded for confronting a dilemma that so many others have avoided... [Read More]

All donor-conceived people in Victoria now have the right to donor information

29 February 2016 - by Professor Sonia Allan and Damian Adams

The state parliament of Victoria in Australia has passed legislation that will enable all donor-conceived people to receive identifying information about their sperm, oocyte, or embryo donor(s). The model adopted is a world first in its application to donor conception... [Read More]

Podcast: 10 Years Since the End of Donor Anonymity - Have We Got It Right?

30 November 2015 - by Pod Academy

If you missed '10 Years Since the End of Donor Anonymity: Have We Got It Right?', a debate organised by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in partnership with the National Gamete Donation Trust, then you are in luck. This podcast, produced by Pod Academy, captures some of the highlights from the debate.... [Read More]

Ten years since the end of donor anonymity: what next?

16 November 2015 - by Charles Lister

The Chair of the National Gamete Donation Trust argues that the whole fertility sector must take seriously the need of donor-conceived children to know about their origins... [Read More]

Debating donor conception 10 years after the removal of anonymity

09 November 2015 - by Arit Udoh

'The kids are not alright.' 'Current legislation needs to do more to protect the rights of donor-conceived children.' These were some of the comments made by donor-conceived adults who attended a recent Progress Educational Trust/National Gamete Donation Trust event... [Read More]

UK national sperm bank has only nine donors

07 September 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

A year after it opened, the UK's national sperm bank has only nine registered donors, says its chief executive Laura Witjens, who is planning a major new recruitment drive at the end of this month... [Read More]

Victoria to consider retrospectively lifting donor anonymity

06 July 2015 - by Rebecca Carr

The Australian state of Victoria has revealed plans to extend rules removing donor anonymity to allow all donor-conceived people access to identifying information about their sperm or egg donor, irrespective of the donor's consent or when they donated... [Read More]

'My life was a lie': What does Emma Cresswell's story tell us about donor conception and fatherhood?

01 September 2014 - by Dr Jonathan Ives

Emma Cresswell, The Telegraph tells us, 'fought a six-year battle to have the man she thought was her father removed from her birth certificate' and now reportedly hopes that others will follow her example... [Read More]

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