SBS Insight turns focus on sperm donation
Walkley award winning journalist Jenny Brockie will host an interesting episode of Insight this week discussing the process of sperm donation from the donor’s perspective and that of the children who were conceived from sperm donation.
Changes in the laws surrounding donating sperm have seen an evolution within the fertility industry. Previously gay men were unable to donate – but now many fertility clinics are actively seeking donations from gay men.
Also with donors no longer able to donate anonymously, children born from sperm donations now have the option to find out about their donor father once they turn eighteen. Though for the many children born before the change in law, the option of finding out the identity of their donor parent remains a closed door.
A Victorian Law Reform Committee recommended reforms that would finally reveal the identity of anonymous donors. But the government seems unlikely to go that far.
This week’s Insight asks whose rights should prevail – those of the donor or the donor conceived child?
Joining Brockie in the discussion will be Paul Van Reyk who has donated sperm to over a dozen women; Ray Tonna, an anonymous donor who discovered his now 30-year-old daughter had only months to live; Amy Coderoy, a child conceived from sperm donation that has no interest in meeting her biological father and Ross Hunter, a 35-year-old who had been trying to locate his sperm donor father for years but is prohibited from gaining information because of current laws in Victoria protecting anonymity.
Insight airs Tuesday at 8.30pm on SBS ONE.
Watch a clip from the upcoming show.