Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ilke Turkmendag
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On 1 April 2005, with the implementation of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (Disclosure of Donor Information) Regulations 2004, UK law was changed to allow children born through gamete donation to access identifying details of the donor. Drawing on trends in adoption law, the decision to abolish donor anonymity was strongly influenced by a discourse that asserted the ‘child's right-to-personal identity’. Through examination of the donor anonymity debate in the public realm, and adopting a social constructionist approach, this paper focuses on how donor anonymity has been defined as a social problem that requires a regulative response. The paper focuses on the child’s ‘right-to-personal identity’ claims, and discusses the genetic essentialism behind these claims. By basing its assumptions on an adoption analogy, the UK law ascribes a social meaning to the genetic relatedness between gamete donors and the offspring.
Author(s): Turkmendag I
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Law and Society
Print publication date: 01/03/2012
ISSN (print): 0263-323X
ISSN (electronic): 1467-6478
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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