Information rights and donor conception: lessons from adoption?

Richard Chisholm*

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    This article reviews the Australian experience in providing information rights for people separated through adoption, and considers its relevance in adjusting the competing interests of those involved in donor conception. The Australian laws, which differ from State to State, create information rights for adults who have been adopted, and also--with more qualifications--for other family members, such as birth parents and siblings. Some laws also seek to protect privacy, notably by use of the "contact veto". The author argues that the review of the Australian laws provides strong support for the rights of donor offspring, when adult, to information about their genetic origins. It also raises important questions about the rights and interests of other family members involved in donor conception, and how they might be accommodated.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)722-741
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of law and medicine
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


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