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Former New Atlantis blogger Cheryl Miller is a writer living in Washington, D.C. A 2007 Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellow, she is also the editor of Doublethink magazine. She can be reached at cmiller [at] thenewatlantis [dot] com.
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Cheryl Miller discusses her new article about infertility patients who have turned to blogs for medical advice and emotional support.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

A Human Right to Know Your Father? 

Canada is working to create a national sperm donor registry, according to the London Free Press. For now, donors will be allowed to remain anonymous:

Sweden was the first country in 1986 to pass a law requiring donor information be collected and the identity provided to children. The U.K. passed a similar law in 2005.

Canada is now developing a national registry to collect health information on sperm donors. When it's operating, offspring will be able to contact the registry for non-identifying information. But identifying information won't be released without the donor's consent, Newton said. "Anonymity is still an option."

Rob maintains children should be able to know who their father is. "It's a human right to know where the hell you came from."

posted by Cheryl Miller | 10:35 am
File As: Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Sperm Donation