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Woman wins right to sperm donor dad's name

The Local · 6 Feb 2013, 17:45

Published: 06 Feb 2013 17:45 GMT+01:00

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This means that the woman, identified only as Sarah P., now has the right to override the confidentiality the donor was granted, the Hamm higher regional court in North Rhine-Westphalia ruled.

The Essen regional court had previously denied her legal permission to find out who her biological father was after discovering four years ago that the man who had raised her had not fathered her.

Despite the ruling Sarah P. might not find her father, as the Essen-based reproductive specialist doctor who performed said that he no longer had the information.

If the defendant chooses to use the power she now has to demand the details from the doctor he must provide them or could face a fine, or even time being held in custody, if he did not, Der Spiegel news magazine reported.

In 1989 Germany's federal court said that access to your own genetic heritage was a personal right. However, a legal ruling about documenting donor details was never drawn up.

This then changed in 2007, so that details of each donated sperm sample, which is considered tissue donation, has to be kept for 30 years.

But this was not undertaken specifically to enable donor children find their biological fathers, rather to be able to screen for and track hereditary and infectious diseases, said Andreas Hammel, a reproduction doctor from Erlangen told Der Spiegel.

Around 100,000 people in Germany are thought to have been conceived via anonymous donor.

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18:48 February 6, 2013 by chicagolive
I am trying to understand why is she looking for a sperm donor. I can understand if you were adopted but seriously the sperm donor. Does she have a medical issue that she is in such a need of this.
19:08 February 6, 2013 by greatgerman
As said above that 100,000 germans are conceived by anonymous donor.......

Does it sounds like that germans are being/becommin more infertile..........

not capable of reproducing the next genereations....

Germans need to look on this...infertility problem otherwise ..we know what happens to our Germany Guess what?
23:31 February 6, 2013 by Beachrider
@great, it is horribly presumptuous to assume that infertility is the key symptom of gettiing donated sperm. In the USA, it has MUCH more to do with a woman w/o a husband wanting a baby without the burden of marriage. I would think that Germany has similar situations.
09:31 February 7, 2013 by HansT
For all the women (here or elsewhere) who want a baby "... without the burden of marriage." and who apparently don't mind becoming a burden on the state ... i.e. the taxpaying public society, I have a question. Do you really believe that fatherhood is worth so little that the faceless State can be a substitute in the most vital areas of life beyond the simple matter of financial support?

Perhaps the idea that someday their child's inherent and often desperate psychological desire for their father might have some bearing on their decision. Without denigrating those whose personal situations have led to single parenting, it is still clear from over forty years of evidential studies that the best family arrangement for children is a married mother and father.
10:20 February 7, 2013 by raandy
I can understand why she would want to find the donor, as part of her DNA, came from this anonymous person. I think most people would if they new the person that raised them was not their biological father.
12:51 February 7, 2013 by bwjijsdtd
She needs to think twice ... what she finds may not be as nice as what she has now. I have seen so many guys fall into the trap of being a dad again ... including myself. I did not see my daughter for 14 years and the first thing out of her mouth was "how much are you going to pay me to be your daughter again?" I didn't pay and have had no more contact with her the last 25 years .... you don't miss what you don't have.
14:30 February 7, 2013 by Beachrider
...more presumptions...

1) In the USA, this happens with women ending their child-bearing years without a satisfactory husband/father prospect. They are tight for time

2) Also, non-heterosexual female couples need a sperm donor. They have enough parenting folks, just no sperm.

I could see the potential for #1 being on public welfare, but intentional pregnancies of unmarried older-women aren't a leading cause of that.
08:31 February 9, 2013 by itchyvet
This case highlights the basic human condition which should be given the highest priority before any sperm is ever donated to anyone.

Feminism aside, every human is entiotled to know who their father was, and the gene pool from that line.

Grown women who never consider the rights of such offspring are the most selfish self centred individuals the sun ever set on, all it's about is ME, ME, ME, at no stage is any credence given to the childs wishes/rights when they're grown up.

This situation MUST cease. Records MUST be kept so all such births can find where they come from.
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