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 11 
 on: August 19, 2015, 01:42:28 AM 
Started by dadams - Last post by dadams
Ran last night on ABC but is viewable on iview:
http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/sperm-donors-anonymous/DO1401V001S00

 12 
 on: August 14, 2015, 04:24:07 AM 
Started by dadams - Last post by dadams
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:
Simone.McDonnell@sa.gov.au

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 on: August 10, 2015, 02:08:19 AM 
Started by dadams - Last post by dadams
Sperm Donors Anonymous
a new documentary on sperm donation will premier on ABC on the 18th August at 9:20pm

http://sensiblefilms.com/portfolio/sperm-donors-anonymous/

 14 
 on: August 03, 2015, 05:27:15 AM 
Started by dadams - Last post by Quinny
Bring it on! Now we need to get this done nationally.

 15 
 on: July 26, 2015, 12:53:50 AM 
Started by dadams - Last post by dadams
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/sperm-donor-fathers-reveal-struggle-of-not-knowing-who-their-kids-are/story-fnet085v-1227456975698?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=News.com.au&utm_medium=Facebook

 16 
 on: July 07, 2015, 02:14:28 AM 
Started by connie - Last post by dadams
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.

 17 
 on: July 05, 2015, 07:06:26 PM 
Started by connie - Last post by connie
Hi Damian, one of my daughters is on the register the other one is "getting there" yes I realise that a lot of donor conceived children would be unaware of how they were conceived, that was what doctors suggested back in the 80's and at that time I agreed with that suggestion but I now realise that the truth is a better option.
 I have recently been in contact with a donor from the 80"s who is unsure of which facility he donated at and yes he is now on the NSW Register and they have sent his particulars to all clinics but at that time he had a friend of Greek decent who donated but this person has passed away so it is very sad that if he had any offspring they will never be able to find their heritage.

 18 
 on: July 03, 2015, 01:43:37 AM 
Started by connie - Last post by dadams
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.
Cheers
Damian

 19 
 on: July 02, 2015, 05:56:30 PM 
Started by connie - Last post by connie
Well 12 months has gone by very quickly so here I am again still looking for my daughters sperm donors. My eldest daughter was born in 1982 and her donor code is DAX my youngest daughter was born in 1985 her donor code is OAB both were conceived through Royal Womens Hosp, Paddington. All their half siblings are getting older now I am surprised that none of them have enquired about their donor/siblings.

 20 
 on: June 28, 2015, 09:01:42 AM 
Started by dadams - Last post by dadams
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/sperm-donors-info-to-be-made-available-to-offspring-20150627-ghz5zv.html

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.
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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.

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