HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
New research highlights concerns over children born through donor insemination

Two studies in Human Reproduction today* (Thursday 31 August) highlight concerns surrounding children conceived through donor insemination (DI) and raise issues for countries considering legislation on a child's 'right to know'.

A Swedish survey found that at the time of questioning only half of parents were complying with their country's laws by telling or intending to tell their child about its biological origins, yet many who had not told had spoken freely to others, putting their child at risk of hearing from other sources.

British researchers found from a smaller in-depth study of 16 adults conceived by DI that they faced problems of personal identity, feelings of abandonment, deceit and mistrust within the family and frustration in being thwarted in their search for their biological father.

The Swedish study
In 1985 Swedish law gave a child born by DI the right 'when sufficiently mature' to be told the donor's identity. Until then medical files on donors were routinely destroyed and parents encouraged not to tell the child or anyone else. The change in the law arose from findings on the welfare of adopted children and their wishes to know their biological roots.

A total of 148 couples who had conceived through DI via the Umeå or Karolinska Hospitals between the time the new law was introduced and 1997 answered questionnaires anonymously.

Of these, nearly 90% (132 couples) said they had not told their children. Of 105 couples who commented on their answer, 61 said they intended to tell their children later, 16 had made no decision and 28 said they did not intend to say anything.

Nearly 60% of the 132 couples had told someone else and half of those had told many people. Parents who had told their children were satisfied with their decision and said they had seen no negative effects to date.

One of the research leaders, Dr Claes Gottlieb of the Sophiahemmet and Karolinksa Hospitals in Stockholm, said: "Attitudes towards
'"/>

Contact: Margaret Willson
m.willson@mwcommunications.org.uk
44-1536-772181
European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology
30-Aug-2000


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Leader in cancer treatment and prevention research honored
2. UT Southwestern receives $1.78 million grant for obesity research as part of NIH Roadmap initiative
3. Scientists to prototype cyberinfrastructure for research and education access to ocean observatories
4. Belgian researchers explore revolutionary approach to angiogenesis
5. Award winning researchers reveal potential new role for Glivec
6. New research shows plants can shuffle and paste gene pieces to generate genetic diversity
7. 16 APS exercise research highlights, from reduced flu mortality to proteomics & obesity
8. Gene chips research in cotton could lead to superior variety
9. Groundbreaking research could ignite new solutions to heat transfer in nano-devices
10. New hydrothermal vents discovered as South Pacific Odyssey research begins
11. University of Alberta researcher looks for clues to mysterious disease

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/18/2020)... ... 17, 2020 , ... Commercial launch readiness is a critical stage in a ... cure or vaccine, the global economic downturn will only increase price pressures overall for ... and capturing full value from every product launch is critical. However, history shows that ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... CHICAGO (PRWEB) , ... July 09, 2020 , ... Today ... Umami Advantage, which will share insight on the “fifth taste” phenomenon that is revolutionizing ... snacks. The Umami Advantage will be live on Monday, July 13, 2020 at11:00 AM ...
(Date:7/2/2020)... ... July 01, 2020 , ... AltruBio Inc. ... of Neihulizumab, a biologic for the treatment of steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease (SR-aGVHD), ... Dr. Paul J Martin of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, this single-arm, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:9/1/2020)... ... September 01, 2020 , ... Slone ... companies, has announced the placement of Julianne Averill , CPA, as Chief ... all financial operations and implementing key business strategies to accelerate Alveo’s growth as ...
(Date:8/15/2020)... ... August 13, 2020 , ... True Terpenes , the leading platform ... Advisory Board (SAB) to research the medical potential of terpenes and the potential ... with terpenes. The board is focused on expanding the recently launched line of effects-based ...
(Date:8/12/2020)... Mass. (PRWEB) , ... August 11, 2020 , ... ... $300,000 a year to expand the Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Clinical Trial Research ... in 2021 and 2022. The network is a consortium of academic research centers ...
(Date:8/12/2020)... Mich. (PRWEB) , ... August 12, 2020 , ... ... Group, Inc. (EMMA International), a global leader in FDA compliance consulting has ... the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: