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Donor conceived children shouldn’t have right to be told of their origins, says Nuffield Council

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2475 (Published 17 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2475

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Re: Donor conceived children shouldn’t have right to be told of their origins, says Nuffield Council

The ethics surrounding the rights of children to know if they were adopted, or conceived in some non-natural way, have had a large airing. But, by some estimates, in some communities, one in five children are not the child of their putative father. Why are there no ethical pronouncements about this? If an adopted (or IVF-conceived) child can have the "right" to know about their origins, how does this differ from any child having the same "right"?

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 May 2013
Neville W Goodman
Retired Anaesthetist
Bristol
Bristol, BS9 3LW, UK