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Truth and the Child 10 years on: Information Exchange in Donor Assisted Conception
  1. Christine Harrison
  1. Department of Pediatrics and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, and Bioethics Department, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

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    Edited by Eric Blyth, Marilyn Crawshaw and Jennifer Speirs, Birmingham, British Association of Social Workers,1998, 83 pages, £5.95.

    The original Truth and the Child was published in 1988 after publication of the Warnock Report, which identified issues arising from the increasing use of human reproductive technologies. The authors of the original collection felt that the rights of children to information about their origins had not been addressed satisfactorily by the committee chaired by Warnock, which indeed supported a policy of donor anonymity. This policy of anonymity was incorporated into the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1990). Ten years on, this new collection revisits the issue, offering powerful arguments, anecdotes, and some research supporting the authors' position that with regards to information about origin the interests of the children created by donor insemination should take precedence over those of their infertile parents or the gamete donors who enabled their …

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