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1  General Category / SA / New laws in South Australia on: December 01, 2017, 02:56:06 AM

"CHILDREN born from donated sperm would be able to trace the anonymous donors - without their consent - under changes flagged for the next sitting of State Parliament.
Health Minister Peter Malinauskas concedes there will be ‘pockets of unease in the community’ about releasing identifying details of anonymous donors without their consent.

However, he said people born from assisted reproductive techniques (A.R.T) should have the same rights to information about their parents as those who are conceived naturally."
2  General Category / Searching for Information / Re: Monash IVF - Donor 54A on: January 16, 2017, 10:00:04 AM
Thankyou jojamwil for sharing that info.
3  General Category / VIC / Victoria now gives all donor conceived people the right to know on: February 23, 2016, 09:47:35 PM
4  General Category / Australia & International / Review of the South Australian Legislation on: January 18, 2016, 09:46:17 PM
Everyone can take part in this you do not have to be in South Australia.
Please find attached a link to a review currently underway of the legislation in SA.

5  General Category / VIC / New legislation tabled in Victoria on: November 25, 2015, 12:56:09 AM
New donor conception legislation tabled in Victorian Parliament
Following its election commitment to amend donor conception laws, the Victorian Government this week tabled a Bill in parliament with proposed changes to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008. The key elements of this Bill include:
All Victorian donor-conceived people, regardless of when they were born, will have a right to identifying information about their donor, without having to receive consent from their donor. This will mean that donor-conceived people born before 1998 will have the same rights as those born after 1998.
Contact preferences will be made available to donors and donor-conceived people, allowing them to determine the way in which contact with those with whom they are linked will occur. People will also have the option to choose a 'no contact' preference. If a contact preference is breached, a significant penalty may apply. Contact preferences will also be extended to those legal children of donors or donor-conceived people who are under the age of 18 years.
Responsibility for managing the central and voluntary registers will be moved to VARTA. The amendments will also enable VARTA to be the 'one door in' provider of support and information to donors, donor-conceived people and their families, as per recommendations made by the Parliamentary Law Reform Committee.
The Bill will be subject to readings, debate and possible change. It will need to be passed by both Houses of Parliament in order for it to become law.
6  General Category / News & Announcements / ABC doco on anonymous donors on: August 19, 2015, 01:42:28 AM
Ran last night on ABC but is viewable on iview:
7  General Category / SA / Push for register in SA on: August 14, 2015, 04:24:07 AM
To all donor conceived people, parents and donors from South Australia
If you have had trouble at any time accessing records, getting information or even making your own information available and wished there was a centralised register that would take of everything here is your chance to make an impression with the powers to be.
I spoke with someone in the office of Health Minister jack Snelling for quite a while yesterday.
They are trying to work out ways to have a register for people, but having difficulties, especially in regard to the fragmented nature of records here.
What we need is for everyone to write in with their own personal stories of how difficult it has been. This makes the argument more powerful and will help them make a push.
These letters are for the Health Minister Jack Snelling but if you could send it via his staff below it will make sure that they don't just get filed away.
Please send letters to:
8  General Category / Australia & International / Premier of new documentary on sperm donation 18th August on: August 10, 2015, 02:08:19 AM
Sperm Donors Anonymous
a new documentary on sperm donation will premier on ABC on the 18th August at 9:20pm
9  General Category / Media Articles / Sperm donor fathers reveal struggle of not knowing who their kids are on: July 26, 2015, 12:53:50 AM
10  General Category / Searching for Information / Re: RWH Paddington on: July 07, 2015, 02:14:28 AM
Very sad indeed. Hopefully though that one of the relatives of this Greek donor will do some DNA tests for genetic genealogy purposes and his offspring can find their heritage through that way.
Seems to be the only way that various road blocks or lack of documentation can be overcome in donor conception.
Best wishes in your search.
11  General Category / Searching for Information / Re: RWH Paddington on: July 03, 2015, 01:43:37 AM
Hi Connie,
not all donor conceived people have been told about their conception. In fact studies show that most parents keep it a secret.
So it could be a matter of them not even knowing that they are donor conceived, while for others locating siblings may not be important.
Have you put their details on the NSW's donor conception register?
I have several contacts with others who are donor conceived in NSW - I will ask them if any of them have the same code.
12  General Category / VIC / Sperm donors info to be made available to offspring on: June 28, 2015, 09:01:42 AM

Sperm donors info to be made available to offspring
by Farrah Tomazin

The Andrews government will shake-up Victoria's reproductive treatment laws by giving all donor-conceived children access to identifying information about their biological parent.
Men who anonymously donated sperm decades ago will soon be required to have their personal details passed on to their offspring – regardless of whether or not they consent.

But people who try to contact their donor without permission could face fines of almost $9000 as the state attempts to balance the right to privacy with the right of all children to know their heritage.

A discussion paper to be released on Monday outlines for the first time how the Andrews government will shake-up Victoria's reproductive treatment laws by giving all donor-conceived people access to identifying information about their biological parent, such as their name, date of birth, or ethnic background.

At present, such access depends on when you were born, resulting in what Health Minister Jill Hennessy describes as decades of inequality "based simply on arbitrary time frames".

People conceived after 1998 have unconditional access to details about their donor; those conceived between 1988 and 1998 can also get identifying information, provided their donor consents; but people born before 1988 have no access at all.

"Whether it's to know more about their heritage, to learn their medical history, or so that they can try to connect with the generous individuals who donated to give them life, all donor-conceived Victorians should have the same rights to access information about where they came from," Ms Hennessy said.

The government's changes will mean that all people will have the same right to information, regardless of when they were born – and regardless of whether their donor agrees with their details being released.

Explicit permission will be needed, however, if a donor-conceived person then wishes to contact their biological parent, who will have the power to make a so-called "contact preference", setting out if, or how, they wish to be approached.

According to the discussion paper, contact preferences will allow donors to nominate a preferred form of contact – such as email, telephone contact, or none at all – giving donors two months to decide after being notified that their biological child has sought their details.

"This recognises that parties may require some time to adapt," the discussion paper says. "For example, this period will give donors an opportunity to advise family members of their donations if they are unaware, and if the donor chooses to tell them."

Before identifying information is released, donor-conceived people also must sign an undertaking that they will comply with any contact preference, and if a donor decides they do not wish to be contacted, any breach of this request risks a fine of 60 penalty units ($8856 in today's currency).

The legislation  – to be introduced later this year – is likely to polarise the community. Doctors, for instance, have previously warned that retrospectively changing the law would breach assurances granted to men who donated on the condition of anonymity, some of whom provided their sperm simply for money or altruistic purposes.

And the move to impose fines on anyone who breaches a contact preference could also expose the government to claims of hypocrisy, given Labor is in the process of repealing similar fines put in place by the Coalition to protect adopted children from being contacted by their biological parents without full consent.

"Laws regarding people conceived through sperm donation are complex and very personal for those involved," said opposition health spokeswoman Mary Wooldridge. "Labor's discussion paper has not yet been provided to the Coalition for consideration, however their proposals appear to be directly at odds with their treatment of other individuals in similar circumstances."

Details of the government's plan came as a national conference for donor-conceived people took place in Melbourne on Saturday, in which federal circuit court chief judge John Pascoe renewed calls for a national register of donors.

The changes are based on a private members bill – Narelle's Law - that Labor MPs Jane Garrett and Anthony Carbines introduced in opposition. The bill, rejected by the Coalition at the time, was named after the late Narelle Grech, a Melbourne woman who spent 15 years searching for her biological father while campaigning for change.

Records containing information about donors and donor-conceived children will be held on a central register and the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority will be the key service provider for anyone seeking information about donor conception, contact preferences, or medical records. Counselling will also be offered, particularly for people whose donor records may have been lost or destroyed.
13  General Category / International / major clinic in UK reports that they do not have a shortage on: May 18, 2015, 10:31:19 PM
but rather have enough to even supply other clinics:
14  General Category / News & Announcements / Re: ABC Radio Nat.Law Report: donor-conceived children on: May 13, 2015, 12:46:36 AM
here is the full audio
15  General Category / News & Announcements / Re: ABC Radio Nat.Law Report: donor-conceived children on: May 13, 2015, 12:45:46 AM
Thanks for posting the link
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