HOW TO CREATE a better future for donor conceived people

Our vision for a better future for donor conceived people (DCP) is reflected within our Advocacy and Education efforts.

  1. Prioritize the best interests of DCP in all matters involving donor conception.
  2. Abolish and eliminate all fraud and negligence in donor conception.
  3. Recognize that gamete/embryo donors/providers and recipient parents have lifelong ethical responsibilities to DCP, as does the entire assisted reproduction technology industry.
  4. Eliminate donor anonymity and support the use of known donors.
  5. Promote open and ongoing communication with children about being donor conceived.
  6. Support the interests of DCP in contacting and/or developing relationships with their genetic relatives, including donors and donor siblings, if they desire.
  7. Encourage parents of DCP to facilitate connections with their genetic relatives through donation.
  8. Promote creation of a central registry of all DCPs, gamete and embryo donors, and recipients, which helps connect DCP with donors and siblings.
  9. Require donors to provide complete and accurate information (including health, education, and criminal felony histories) and banks/clinics to verify this information. 
  10. Ensure that DCP have access to accurate and regularly updated (e.g., every three years) family medical history.
  11. Require that banks/clinics permanently maintain all records of donors, recipients, and resulting offspring, and that banks encourage recipient parents to report all live births.
  12. 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.
  13. Require donors and parents to receive counseling that focuses on the best interests of DCP before they provide or receive third party gametes/embryos.
  14. Regulate payment/reimbursement of people who provide their gametes to third parties.
  15. Eliminate false and misleading gamete donor recruitment practices, including those that commodify donor conceived people and focus on financial incentives.