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Five minutes with . . . Joanna Rose

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5864 (Published 04 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5864
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The winner of a test case that led to legislation banning anonymous sperm donation tells The BMJ why that legislation did not go far enough

Ten years ago a landmark change in UK law gave children conceived through donated sperm or eggs in the UK the right to identifying information about their donor parent once they reached 18. This followed a test case in 2002 brought by Joanna Rose, who argued that she had the right to know her genetic identity.

When she was 8 years old Rose found out that she was conceived from donated sperm, yet even today she does not know …

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