Victorian Sperm Donors Lose Their Anonymity

The law changes tomorrow.

Victorian Sperm Donors Lose Their Anonymity

The Hot Breakfast was inundated with feedback this morning after Mick Molloy drew attention to an ad in Sunday’s Age newspaper.

The ad from the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) notifies readers that all people conceived in Victoria from sperm and egg donations have the right to know their donor’s identity.

The change comes into force on March 1 and will affect thousands of people born before 1998 who will be able to access information about their donor, including their name, date of birth or ethnic background, without the donor's consent.

The Age reported last year that men who gave sperm donations before 1998 had done so believing their identity would be kept anonymous.

The CEO of VARTA Louise Johnson joined the Hot Breakfast this morning.