Since 1996, US courts have recognized the right of adopted children to know who their biological parents are. As children of parents who used donor eggs come of age, they are fighting for the same rights. A recent, well-rounded National Public Radio article reports both sides of the issue.
One woman conceived from donor sperm, Kathleen LaBounty, was both curious about her biological father and concerned about any medical issues for her own children. When she learned, at age 8, how she was conceived, “she says it actually made her love her dad all the more, since he was treating her just like she was his own.”
On the other hand, an unidentified egg donor said that she “has donated her eggs four times. She feels it’s nothing at all like adoption, in which a woman actually bears a child and gives it up.”
It has become a complex issue that society—and the courts—will likely have to come to terms with, as more and more families rely on artificial reproductive technologies (ART), including egg donors.
At Fertility Specialists Medical Group (FSMG), we support our patients’ personal choices and encourage our families to be informed on relevant issues.
Click to read the complete npr.com article online.