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The invisible man. Artificial insemination by donor and the legislation on donor anonymity: a review
  1. Sharon R Cohen
  1. Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine, London, UK
  1. Correspondence Sharon Cohen. E-mail: sharon.r.cohen{at}


Until recently, sperm donors have remained anonymous under the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. There has been a distinct international trend towards allowing children access to identifying information about their donor. The UK has followed and, subject to parliamentary approval, children born by donations made after 1 April 2005 will be legally entitled to information revealing the identity of their donor. The lifelong well-being of the child created must be the prime consideration in any reform of the law.

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