ASRM: Interests, obligations, and rights of the donor – more evidence/research and details needed


Interests, obligations, and rights of the donor in gamete donation Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

http://www.asrm. org/Media/ Ethics/interests _obligations_ rights_of_ donor.pdf

Traditional practices of anonymity in gamete donation are
slowly changing. The ASRM Ethics Committee and other advisory
groups and researchers have encouraged recipient parent(
s) to disclose the fact of gamete donation to offspring, and
a growing number of clinics provide for some form of future
contact between donor and offspring if the participants agree.
As gamete donation continues to grow and change, new questions
of ethics arise. Gamete donation is more than a transfer
of gametes from one party to another. It is part of a method of
family building that involves a complex interchange of emotions
and psychological needs of donor, recipient, offspring,
and, potentially, the donor’s family. This calls for a re-examination
of the consent process and new attention to the landscape
of ethical responsibilities as well as the rights of
involved parties to one another.


More evidence/research and details needed:

1) How exactly did they reach this conclusion? “The interest of offspring in knowing their genetic origins however does not require knowledge of the specific identity of the donor or extend to contact with the donor”

2) There are legitimate psychological issues/needs (of the sperm donor, egg donor and traditional surrogate conceived) that have not been addressed. (More research is necessary/required)

Wendy Kramer of the Donor Sibling Registry noted (

3) The future health of the egg donor was not mentioned.

4) There was nothing mentioned about the need for honesty by the clinics regarding the lack of information about future medical risks (such as infertility or cancer) for the donors.

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