Origin - Reference to committee: Doc. It is estimated that more than 8 million children worldwide have been born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies, many of whom have been conceived of sperm or oocyte donation. Traditionally, most countries favoured anonymous donation models, and thus restricted the right of donor-conceived persons to know their origins. This right, however, is not absolute and must be balanced against the interests of the other parties involved: principally those of the donor s and the legal parent s , but also those of clinics and service-providers, as well as the interests of society and the obligations of the State.
A year-old woman conceived via sperm donation wanted to know the name of her biological father, but the clinic her parents had gone to refused - despite a Federal Court of Justice ruling last year that affirmed a child's right to obtain information about their biological father. The clinic argued that it must uphold the donor's right to privacy, as he had agreed that his name would remain undisclosed. But the Hanover court on Monday ruled that a child's right to know about where they come from weighed more significantly than a sperm donor's right to determine how their personal information is shared. The young woman - whose mother had been artificially inseminated from the sperm donor because her husband was sterile - will now be able to view the documents related to her mother's treatment, though the clinic has said it only has the donor's last name on record. The Hanover decision comes after the Federal Court of Justice, one of Germany's highest courts, ruled last year that there should be no age limit for children to request the identity of their sperm donor fathers, declaring that children should be able to know about their ancestry.
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