Update to Genealogical DNA Testing vs. Sperm Banks Promise of Anonymity Post

I posted about this situation earlier: Genealogical DNA Testing vs. Sperm Banks Promise of Anonymity. A friend at MHGS (Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society)  – http://mhgswichita.org/wp/ sent me this link recently: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/health/sperm-donation-dna-testing.html.

NW Cryobank is known to be aggressive in enforcing its privacy provisions, Mr. Vorzimer added. “But now we’ve reached a point where it’s become impossible to protect the privacy of clients and sperm donors.”

Donor sperm is sold anonymously, but NW Cryobank and its affiliate California Cryobank — the largest sperm bank in the country — now only accept “ID disclosure” donors. The donor is required to agree that when a donor-conceived child turns 18, he or she is entitled to know the donor’s identity.

In addition,

Legal experts called the bank’s position precarious. While Ms. Teuscher may be constrained by an agreement, they doubted that her child could be.

You can’t sign away the rights of a child who hasn’t been born, said Dov Fox, a law professor at the University of San Diego who specializes in bioethics and the regulation of technology.

The below has been uncovered a number of times, including a case I mentioned in Let Iceland Be Your Guide If You Plan On Getting Married and Having Children:

The Donor Sibling Registry is a website that connects sperm or egg donors and donor-conceived people with one another. In dozens of cases, families using the site have learned that sperm used to create their children was not provided by the donor they had selected, said Wendy Kramer, director of the registry.

 

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