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Being a child of donor insemination: Organisations are committed to increasing available information

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 01 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1339
  1. Eric D Blyth, professor of social work (
  1. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield HD1 3DH
  2. Donor Conception Network, London N6 5HA
  3. Donor Conception Network, PO Box 265, Sheffield S3 7YX

    EDITOR—The anonymous personal view shows how isolating secrecy in donor assisted conception can be and why every step should be taken to stop the practice of donor anonymity, as has already occurred in several countries.1

    My main purpose in writing is to comment on the statement that “the few studies that have looked at us [donor conceived children] have used only parental interpretations of our emotional state.” This is largely true if the search for research is confined to the standard sources, such as Human Reproduction and Fertility and Sterility (although Human Reproduction has published one research paper that has directly sought the views of donor conceived people themselves2).3 A few other studies have sought the experiences of donor conceived people directly but have not been published (G Hewitt, unpublished paper, Sydney, 2001; L W Spencer, unpublished MA thesis, Detroit, 2000).

    Interestingly, all of the …

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