Japan: increasing numbers of children born after a sperm donation seek access to knowledge of their origin

Publié le : 22 January 2013

 In Japan, many children who were conceived after an anonymous sperm donation now want to have access to knowledge of their origin because the current "legislation prevents them from learning more and moving on with their lives." A young woman, now aged 33, "was flabbergasted to learn that her dear father was not her ‘creator’." She explained: "I want this to be banned!" in reference to anonymous donors. She added: "Adoption should be enough. I regard this technology as just a way of claiming that you are a normal family, a way of hiding infertility in a society where the pressure is very great to marry and have children. […] As for myself, even if I needed to, I would not want to have children conceived using donated sperm or oocytes. I would  not want them to live through what I have lived through." Mari Saimura, now a university professor, added that “Japan ought to halt this technology until it sets up rules to guarantee to people the right to know their identity.

Today, she concluded, "many people go through an identity crisis when they learn the circumstances of their conception, sometimes trying to find out if they have any brothers and sisters, or fearing to fall in love unknowingly with a half-brother or half-sister.

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