Colonialism Of Childbirth: How Racism Slammed Into My Surrogacy Experience

Abril Castro Prieto | WorldCrunch | November 3, 2022

Abril Castro Prieto from Mexico illustrates the effects of racism and colonialism on the reproductive technology industry  and shares her personal experience with reciprocal IVF (mis-translated from original Spanish into the English version as “surrogacy”). When choosing an anonymous sperm donor, her doctor assumed she would opt for a white donor, i.e. expecting she would want to “improve the race.” 

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UK Fertility Watchdog Could Recommend Scrapping Donor Anonymity Law

Hannah Devlin | The Guardian | May 20, 2022

Due to the rapid rise of consumer genetic testing, the UK’s HFEA is considering removing the anonymity period for sperm and egg donors. This would allow contact between donors, donor-conceived people, and their genetic parents, but first the change requires careful consideration by all parties.

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‘Those Who Used Surrogacy Should Lab-Check Their Child’s Genes’

Aastha Atray Banan | Mid-Day | February 6, 2022

India recently passed new Surrogacy and ART Acts, banning commercial surrogacy and germline cell sales, respectively. In this interview, author Pinki Virani acknowledges that the acts will promote a more regulated, less money-oriented fertility industry by eliminating the sale-purchase aspect of sperm and eggs and putting power in the hands of surrogates. On the other hand, Virani believes that there are still risks with IVF and third-party reproduction due to the complexity of sourcing sex cells, fertilization, implantation, and birth. In particular, she urges patients to undergo thorough screening processes to reduce the risk of genetic siblings unknowingly becoming a couple.  

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The U.S. Needs a Sperm Donor Registry

By Robert Klitzman | Slate | October 18, 2019

A new TV drama explores the devastating real-life scenario of fertility doctors impregnating large numbers of patients with their own genetic material. This article looks at the multiple problems linked to anonymous egg and sperm donation that could potentially be mitigated with a donor registry.

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‘My mum’s meeting my dad for the first time’

BBC | August 23, 2019

This 24-minute film tells the story of a young woman preparing to meet the man who donated the sperm her mothers used to conceive her, and also meeting several of the 19 half-siblings who were “fathered” by the same donor.

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