By Karin Hammarberg, Monash University
More people conceived using donor sperm or eggs in Victoria will from today have the legal right to know details about their donor, even if the donation was made anonymously or the donor didn’t give consent to being identified.
However, donors who didn’t give consent to being identified when they donated can choose how to be contacted, if at all.
The newly implemented donor conception legislation is a world first as it allows all people, regardless of when conceived with donor eggs or sperm, to find out the donor’s name, date of birth and donor code, if available.
The new legislation covers people born before 1988, when sperm and egg donations in Victoria were made anonymously, and those born from egg, sperm or embryos donated between 1988 and 1998, when a donor’s consent was needed before their offspring could access information about them.