March 15, 2017
(New Scientist) – Now, in a world first, Victoria has retroactively removed the privacy of donors like Clark. Since 1 March, all donor-conceived people have had the legal right to find out their donor’s name and date of birth, even if the donor was promised anonymity. Some barriers remain – including a requirement to formally seek permission before making contact, under threat of a A$7500 fine – but Clark, now a general practitioner in Wonthaggi in southern Victoria, says it is still a “broken promise”. He believes many who donated would not have done so if they had known they could be tracked down later.
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