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Britain to ID donors of egg, sperm for kids

Published Aug. 27, 2005

The British government announced plans Wednesday to allow children born from donated sperm or eggs to trace their biological parents.

Fertility specialists welcomed the change, though some also expressed concern that it might deter potential donors.

If approved by Parliament, the new regulations would be effective on April 1, 2005. They would apply to donations after that date, and inquiries could be made only after a child reaches the age of 18.

Donor-born children are allowed to trace their genetic parentage in a number of other countries, including Sweden, Austria, Australia and the Netherlands. In the United States, donors mostly remain anonymous.

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