Medical News and Perspectives
December 7, 2005

Anonymity of Gamete Donations Debated

JAMA. 2005;294(21):2681-2683. doi:10.1001/jama.294.21.2681

Montreal, Quebec—As assisted reproductive technologies help ever-increasing numbers of infertile couples create families, scientists and physicians are grappling with questions of how to handle information about sperm, egg, and embryo donations. Should donor identity remain confidential, or should it be revealed in the interests of the child’s own identity and health? And should parents be forced to tell a child that he or she was conceived through donation if they do not wish to do so?