The Social and Psychological Consequences of Secrecy in Artificial Insemination by Donor (Aid) Programmes
Social Science and Medicine. 1985; 21(4): 391-396.
It has been assumed that secrecy is of paramount importance in artificial insemination by donor (AID) programs to protect the privacy of donors, recipient couples, and offspring, and to protect physicians against possible litigation. The author discusses attitudes toward secrecy expressed by prospective AID couples, parents of AID children, and donors enrolled in AID programs in Australia. More than half of the couples would maintain secrecy; between a fifth and a third are unsure; and the remainder would reveal the AID origin to the child. The responses of donors indicate that some would not object to having information about them conveyed to the family, and over half would not object to their adult AID offspring contacting them. Rowland urges efforts to ameliorate the currently stressful situation for all parties concerned by involving recipient couples in discussing the issues and eliminating the aura of secrecy and guilt that surrounds AID programs. (KIE abstract)
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