Ethics briefings

Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (7):483-484 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Ever so often in the UK, there is a flurry of activity around the information requirements of donor-conceived individuals. In April 2013, it was the launch of a report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics that brought the issue back to public consciousness.1Since 1991, information about treatment with donor gametes or embryos has been collected by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Since then, over 35 000 donor-conceived individuals have been born through treatment in licensed clinics. Medical information and information about donors’ appearance are collected by clinics, and donors are encouraged to put together a ‘pen portrait’ giving information about themselves for any resulting children. One focus of the new report is on improving the quality and quantity of information available about donors.Traditionally, gamete and embryo donations were practised on an anonymous basis, so that those born as a result of such donation may receive only non-identifying information about the donor when they reach the age of 18. This changed in 2005 when donor anonymity was removed so that anyone donating after that time could be identified to individuals born as a result of the treatment. Those who have donated in the past are also able to reregister as identifiable donors. Much concern was expressed at the time that this would exacerbate the shortage of donors although the Nuffield Council on Bioethics reports that, 8 years on, those clinics that actively recruit donors appear to be successful in finding sufficient donors. The report recommends that the option of anonymous donation should not be reintroduced.A big issue of debate in the UK has been, and continues to be, whether parents should tell their …

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,252

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Ethics briefings.S. Brannan, M. Davies, V. English, R. Mussell, J. Sheather, E. Chrispin & A. Sommerville - 2010 - Journal of Medical Ethics 36 (1):63-64.
Ethics briefings.E. Chrispin, S. Brannan, M. Davies, V. English, R. Mussell, J. Sheather & A. Sommerville - 2010 - Journal of Medical Ethics 36 (3):191-192.
Ethics briefings.R. Mussell - 2012 - Journal of Medical Ethics 38 (5):322-324.
The Child as Organ and Tissue Donor: Discussions in the Danish Council of Ethics.Søren Holm - 2004 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 13 (2):156-160.
Improving the organ donor card system in Switzerland.David Shaw - 2013 - Swiss Medical Weekly 143:w13835.
Ethics briefings.M. Davies, S. Brannan, E. Chrispin, S. Mason, R. Mussell, J. Sheather & A. Sommerville - 2010 - Journal of Medical Ethics 36 (7):447-449.

Analytics

Added to PP
2017-02-17

Downloads
17 (#824,750)

6 months
6 (#448,852)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references