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Since our article was published, we have conducted face-to-face interviews with what we acknowledge to be a non-random sample of over donor-conceived offspring along with over parents who conceived using donor gametes. The offspring we interviewed in depth have mixed reactions to contacting their donors. Among those who are 18 or older, the majority would not want to advocate for revoking the anonymity that the banks guaranteed donors; this is the case even among those who believe in the future all donors should be open.
However, this does not mean they are not curious. They would like to know more about their own donor regardless of whether that person is an identity-release 12 or anonymous donor. Offspring often conflate the issues of anonymity and their interest in meeting their own donor. That is, in general they believe anonymity should be a choice for donors, but they still want their individual donor to have contact with them.
Further, in the course of interviewing families, we found that several anonymous donors did agree to answer a one-time letter. Offspring pin their hopes on the possibility that their donor might be among the anonymous who agrees to this minimal contact. Offspring who have identity-release donors are not really clear that having an identity-release donor is not a guarantee of meeting the donor or even simply receiving a picture, which is one thing most offspring would like.
Interestingly, at age 18 when these offspring have the legal right to contact the donor through their bank, they do not always do so. Since we interviewed within networks of offspring who share the same donor, we are able to compare responses within a single network as to whether offspring already had contacted the donor and, among those who had not, whether they planned to do so or even would want to do so some time in the future.
No matter what kind of donor they have, donor siblings in the same network are often split and they may even have talked about their different opinions. Those who do not plan to contact a donor are respectful of those with other interests, supporting their right to contact the donor. However, many of them want some information and they would support their donor siblings who want contact with the donor even if it means an attempt to violate a donor's anonymity.
Presently, donors have no knowledge of whether their donations resulted in children. Banks could let donors know their best estimate of the number of children their sperm has produced. This information might spur donors to consider having some minimal contact with their offspring an ethical responsibility.
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That contact would not necessarily undermine their anonymity and it would mean a lot to some of these offspring. In any case, that anonymity might be under siege for other reasons. Since our article was published, Harper et al. As one mother said, she simply relied on obvious search terms based on what she had read on the donor's long-form questionnaire:. I found him years ago, before Facebook.
Further, a lesbian couple who inseminated at home discovered that the bank they used did not remove the donor's birthdate on the vial; combined with the information he had provided about schools he had attended, they knew they could identify him—if they chose to do so—as one of their college classmates. The Internet has made possible unforeseen possibilities to locate donors, raising new ethical concerns about contacting these donors themselves and new questions about how meaningful anonymity really is. More parents are now disclosing donor conception to their children; once they have grown older, those offspring are also likely to be able to locate their donor through quick Internet searches.
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On the basis of our interviews, we not only agree with the conclusion put forth by Harper et al. A new generation of parents who have had children since , after the first decade of the Internet explosion, knew when they purchased sperm that the possibility to make contact with others who shared the same donor existed through online registries.
The members of this new generation of parents are likely to make contact with their child's donor siblings at earlier ages than was the case in the past.
In short, connections to other offspring who share the same donor are likely to continue to increase as more parents sign on to these networks as a routine addition to donor conception. In conjunction with these data, the interviews we have conducted recently help us understand the concerns of both parents and offspring about limits on the total number of offspring one donor might produce. In addition to what we noted already, that parents believe that they have been lied to by the banks and that they are concerned about the health consequences of large numbers of siblings, 20 we can add that parents do continue to worry especially about the possibilities of inadvertent incest.
First, they worry that large numbers of offspring might well overwhelm an identity-release donor and that therefore the quality or even likelihood of contact with any given individual would be undermined. The offspring and parents, in their commentary about numbers, thus link the issues of anonymity and limits: they fear that without limits fewer donors will be willing to be identity-release donors because the donors themselves will be concerned about the possibility of vast numbers of offspring making claims on their time and attention.
Offspring also worry about the dynamics within their own groups of donor siblings. They note that a large group can be unwieldy and can fragment more easily, an argument made by theorist Georg Simmel who developed a geometry of social life. I want to talk to them as soon as possible…. We're only 2 people and we have to meet 15 people and try to learn about these 15 people and they only have to learn about 2 more….
They played together when they were younger…. Taken together, these findings about limits lead us to a slight modification of our earlier conclusion. We now see even more reason for all parties to become involved in debates about the issue of limits. As more offspring identify donors, their experiences of contact are likely to be reported in the literature; 23 potential donors are thus also likely to become concerned and they might well refuse to donate unless they can be assured that they will be protected either by anonymity or by limited numbers of offspring.
We have already heard from parents that we interviewed that in deciding which bank to use they take into account the limits on numbers of offspring set by their potential choices. Finally, as offspring have contact with donor siblings, they can more easily than in the past become a collective voice in debates about these issues.
And, we can be pretty confident that that voice will favor the adoption of limits. Cahill, Universalizing Anonymity Anxiety , J. Ertman, Drinking from the Data Well , J. In practice identity release allows an offspring to write a one-time letter that is passed through the bank; there is no assurance that the donor will respond. The Sperm Bank of California. Issues Issues 29—30 Wolff trans and ed. See, for example, Rosanna Hertz, Margaret K. Jadva et al.