U.S. Donor Conceived Council Vision Statement

HOW TO CREATE a better future for donor conceived people

  1. Prioritize the best interests of donor conceived people (DCP) in all matters involving donor conception.

  2. Recognize that gamete/embryo donors/providers have lifelong ethical responsibilities to DCP, as does the entire ART industry.

  3. Eliminate donor anonymity and support the use of known donors.

  4. Promote open and ongoing communication with children about being donor conceived.

  5. Support the interests of DCP in contacting and/or developing relationships with their genetic relatives, including donors and donor siblings, if they desire.

  6. Encourage parents of DCP to facilitate connections with their genetic relatives through donation.

  7. Promote creation of a central registry of all DCPs, gamete and embryo donors, and recipients, which helps connect DCP with donors and siblings.

  8. Require donors to provide complete and accurate information (including health, education, and criminal felony histories) and banks/clinics to verify this information. 

  9. Ensure that DCP have accurate and regularly updated family medical history.

  10. Require that banks/clinics permanently maintain all records of donors, recipients, and resulting offspring.

  11. Enact reasonable limits on the number of recipient families (and thus the number of resulting offspring) per donor to avoid accidental incest and psychological harm to DCP.

  12. Require donors and parents to receive counseling that focuses on the best interests of DCP before they provide or receive third party gametes/embryos.

  13. Regulate payment/reimbursement of people who provide their  gametes to third parties.

  14. Eliminate false and misleading gamete donor recruitment practices.

  15. Abolish and eliminate all fraud and negligence in donor conception.

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