Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Pain of Anonymous Parentage

A powerful trailer. Both adoptees and children of sperm donors experience the “pain of anonymous parentage,” as Michael Cook aptly calls it. (See his MercatorNet post for January 26, reposted below yesterday.)

But there is an important difference between adoption (closed or open) and conception by anonymous donor.

Adoption, in principle at least, provides a home for a child who needs one. Conception via anonymous donor makes a child for adults who want one, a child who is by design deprived from birth of at least one natural parent.

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