De-Anonymising Sperm Donors in Canada: Some Doubts and Directions

26 Canadian Journal of Family Law 95 (2010)

36 Pages Posted: 3 May 2013 Last revised: 9 May 2016

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Angela Cameron

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Vanessa Gruben

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Fiona Kelly

La Trobe Law School

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Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This paper addresses whether sperm donor anonymity should continue in Canada and what the effects might be of abolishing anonymity, particularly for marginalized groups such as lesbian mothers. The first part of the paper outlines the legislative and historical context surrounding the donor anonymity debate in Canada. The second part of the paper addresses the interests of the various social and legal stakeholders, including donor conceived offspring, the social and biological parents of those offspring, and sperm donors. The final segment outlines a twofold law reform agenda. First, it is proposed that Canada prospectively abolish donor anonymity in an effort to meet the health and psychological needs of donor conceived children. Second, it is recommended that legal parentage laws be simultaneously amended so that the legal vulnerabilities women-led families currently experience, and which would be exacerbated by the de-anonymizing of donors, are removed.

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Cameron, Angela and Gruben, Vanessa and Kelly, Fiona, De-Anonymising Sperm Donors in Canada: Some Doubts and Directions (2010). 26 Canadian Journal of Family Law 95 (2010), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2259944

Angela Cameron (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

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Vanessa Gruben

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Fiona Kelly

La Trobe Law School ( email )

La Trobe University
Bundoora, VIC 3083 3142
Australia

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