Children have a right to their genetic identity. End donor anonymity.
The US government allows men to sire children with zero responsibility for those children or any way for the children to find their biological father or discover half their genetic identity, even for potentially life-saving medical information.
The Ruth Institute is adding to a petition by Nick Isel, asking the FDA to change this practice.
Currently the FDA only requires donor records to be kept for ten years. Ten-year-olds don’t know how to track down their identity, if they know they were donor-conceived at all. This petition demands records for sperm and egg donations be kept for 50 years, giving donor-conceived children a fair chance at finding out who they really are.
These records should also be kept in multiple locations to prevent accidental loss and damage. And finally, the anonymous part of sperm donation should be banned entirely, as it has been in the UK, Canada, most of Europe, and Australia.
The Ruth Institute is an advocate for this positive and necessary change. We are aware of the problems of donor conception and have written about them in our pamphlet, Children and Donor Conception and Assisted Reproduction. Supporting Nick Isel’s petition with our own, and demanding these injustices to children be stopped, is part of our mission.
Nicholas Isel’s petition to the FDA is here. Comments close on March 27th, 2017, but you can still sign our petition to participate.
Read more here.
Sign this petition now!
Petition to: FDA