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

30 November 2015
Appeared in BioNews 830

It has been a decade since a change in UK law gave donor-conceived people access (upon reaching the age of 18) to identifying information about their donor. However, there are still differences of opinion about the way the law was changed 10 years ago, and some people argue that the change did not go far enough.

This podcast, produced by Pod Academy, documents a debate on this subject questions entitled '10 Years Since the End of Donor Anonymity: Have We Got It Right?'.

The debate was organised by the Progress Educational Trust (PET), the charity that publishes BioNews, and was organised in partnership with the National Gamete Donation Trust with the support of the British Infertility Counselling Association.

Listen to the podcast using the player below, or alternatively listen to or download it here (.mp3 64.7MB).

0:00:00Tess Woodcraft: Introduction from Pod Academy
0:00:50Charles Lister: Introduction from the chair
0:04:10Juliet Tizzard: A regulator's perspective
0:11:10Dr Jo Rose: A donor-conceived person's perspective
0:18:55Professor Eric Blyth: A social work perspective
0:27:00Venessa Smith: A fertility clinic perspective
0:34:00Professor Susan Golombok: A family research perspective
0:43:10Questions and comments from the audience
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...
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...
9 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...
19 October 2015 - by Sarah Norcross 
The Progress Educational Trust and the National Gamete Donation Trust are organising a joint event to mark 10 years since the end of donor anonymity in the UK...
6 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...
26 May 2015 - by Antony Starza-Allen 
Susan Golombok's 'Modern Families: Parents and Children in New Family Forms' challenges the assumption that the traditional nuclear family is the best environment in which to raise children...
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