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Court Bans Donor Anonymity

GENETIC PRIVACY

May 20, 2011

In what one expert suggested is a case where the rights of the child trump privacy interests, a BC Supreme Court judge has ruled that legislation providing anonymity for sperm and egg donors is unconstitutional. The Globe and Mail reports on the lawsuit, which sought the same rights as those provided for adoptees. Madam Justice Elaine Adair agreed, giving the province 15 months to rewrite the law. BC would then join 11 jurisdictions in Europe, Australia and New Zealand that have banned anonymous donation, the report states. BC's attorney general has not decided whether to appeal.
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