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The role of birth certificates in relation to access to biographical and genetic history in donor conception

Blyth, Eric, Frith, Lucy, Jones, Caroline and Speirs, Jennifer (2009) The role of birth certificates in relation to access to biographical and genetic history in donor conception International Journal of Children's Rights, 17, (2), pp. 207-233. (doi:10.1163/157181808X389254).

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Abstract

In 1984, among its recommendations for the regulation of assisted conception services in the UK, the Warnock Committee proposed that the birth certificate of a donor-conceived person should record the fact of donor conception. While this proposal was never implemented, over twenty years later, a Joint Committee of the House of Lords and House of Commons recommended the use of birth certificates as a means of enabling donor-conceived persons to learn the nature of their conception. In response, the Government has committed to review the role of birth certificates. This paper represents an initial contribution to this exercise. It provides an overview of the legislative, policy and practice context of disclosure of donor conception, outlines arguments against and in favour of potential changes to birth certificates, and describes and critiques current propositions for revising birth certification. The paper concludes that there is a case for revising birth certificates and outlines a workable model to promote disclosure without compromising privacy concerns.

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Published date: 2009
Keywords: donor-conception, birth certificates, identity, rights

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Local EPrints ID: 73627
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/73627
ISSN: 0927-5568
PURE UUID: b6a25dca-0009-4833-a49c-2513a63dae55

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Date deposited: 10 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:48

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Author: Eric Blyth
Author: Lucy Frith
Author: Caroline Jones
Author: Jennifer Speirs

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