In the UK and New Zealand, people conceived using donated sperm, eggs or embryos who turn 18 this year will be able to learn the identity of their donors – but it is unclear how many will want to


25 January 2023

Parents playing with a baby

Telling children they were conceived using egg or sperm donations can be difficult

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Dozens of people conceived using a donated egg, sperm or embryo in the UK will receive an unusual birthday present when they turn 18 this year, as they gain the right to learn the identity of their previously anonymous donor.

The UK is one of only a handful of countries to ban anonymous donors. A change in the law on 1 April 2005 guaranteed people who were donor-conceived after that date the right to information about their …

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