The first generation of children born from a sperm donation wants its voice to be heard

Publié le : 19 February 2013

 After forty years since the emergence of the techniques of medically assisted procreation (MAP), and faced with the partisans of the anonymous donation of gametes, the members of the association Procréation Médicalement Anonyme (PMA) consider that "the accessibility of medically assisted procreation implies as a priority taking into account the experience of the parents and the donors".   

Clément Roussial, now aged 23 and born after artificial insemination from an anonymous donor, explains: "When I was 12, I began to have doubts. I found it hard to see any resemblance with my father. Then one day as we were out walking he finally told me that he was not the person who had made me. I fell into his arms. It was a shock but also a relief. I had imagined a rape or an adoption.
More generally, the members of the PMA association born from a sperm donation are unanimous in claiming that "knowing that a Cecos [Centre for the Study and Conservation of Human Ova and Sperm] holds the secret of your genetic origins, that this identity exists but is forbidden to you, is a form of psychological torture, the part of the story impossible to accepte." Audrey Gouvin, president of the PMA association, explains that the members of this association are pleading "for the recognition of their origins for children conceived by a donation of gametes with the agreement of the donor."       
Clément Roussial adds: "We are filled with an immense feeling of injustice, humiliation. Everything ties up with this gap: the visit to the doctor when you are asked for medical information about your parents, a harmless remark about your resemblance to somebody. There is no limit to the imagination, to your fantasies, and it’s exhausting…" Thibault, a student now aged 23, says: "the two questions that haunt me are the face of my father and his motivation for donating life."  
But the PMA association does not only bring together children born from an anonymous donate of gametes. It also includes donors, such as Alain Tréboul, today a grandfather with seven grandchildren. He points out: "I did it originally to help couples. But now I hear what these children say and the questions they ask themselves, and I tell myself that they are suffering from not meeting me whereas I would be ready to do so, even though I will never be their father in practice and even though I already have a family." He concludes by expressing his incomprehension: "I don’t see why I could not give them a photo. I am not specially curious, it’s the prohibition which is painful."

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