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Secrecy and Openness in Donor Insemination

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 May 2016

Ken R. Daniels
Affiliation:
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Karyn Taylor
Affiliation:
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
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Abstract

This article explores the issues surrounding the notions of secrecy and openness in donor insemination (DI). Secrecy in DI is first placed in historical context, with an outline of some of the main reasons that secrecy has been advocated. The concept of openness is then introduced, and some of the arguments for a more open approach to DI are presented. On this basis, the responses of various governments to calls for more openness are outlined, and the social policy implications of these are discussed. It is concluded that more openness in DI would be advantageous to all of those involved. Couples, professionals, and policymakers are therefore urged to reexamine their views about the need for maintaining secrecy in the area.

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