Category: Sperm Donation

Are Known Donors a Safe Choice?

Last week, the California Court of Appeal for Los Angeles County issued its opinion in Jason P v. Danielle S. In this highly publicized decision, the court allowed a known sperm donor to try to prove his paternity, and the case has sent ripples throughout the world of people who have used - or are thinking about using - known...

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The infertility work-up: a guide for lesbians

When couples decide that yes, it's time to have a baby, many excitedly set the stage for that first, heady, baby-making sexual encounter with a candle-lit dinner, soft, romantic music, and fingers crossed. For hopeful moms who are lesbians however, that scene might look a little different.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, same-sex households have increased by...

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The Library of Congress Misses the Mark with New Donor Subject Heading Addition

The Library of Congress (LC) recently announced that they were adding a subject heading to their catalog entitled, "Children of sperm donors". What is the importance of this announcement? It is the first time there has been an official acknowledgement from a well-known and recognized library institution that children conceived with the assistance of a sperm donor warrant their own...

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Grafting a New Branch Onto the Family Tree: Let’s Begin with Language

Words are powerful. Anyone who has ever had a friend or family member adopt a child knows how important it is to use what is commonly known as "Positive Adoption Language." Adoptive parents bristle if you say to them, "What do you know about her real parents?" or "Do you know why she was put up for adoption?" Although trying...

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