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The New Kinship: Constructing Donor-Conceived Families

Naomi R. Cahn

Abstract

No federal law in the United States requires that egg or sperm donors or recipients exchange any information with the offspring that result from the donation. Donors typically enter into contracts with fertility clinics or sperm banks which promise them anonymity. The parents may know the donor's hair color, height, IQ, college, and profession; they may even have heard the donor's voice. But they do not know the donor's name, medical history, or other information that might play a key role in a child's development. And, until recently, donor-conceived offspring typically did not know that one ... More

Keywords: egg donor, sperm donor, fertility clinics, sperm bank, donor-conceived offspring, donor eggs, donor sperm, reproductive technology, family

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814772034
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814772034.001.0001

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Naomi R. Cahn, author

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