International Journal of Children’s Rights 17 (2009) 207–233 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI 10.1163/157181808X389254 brill.nl/chil Th e Role of Birth Certiﬁ cates in Relation to Access to Biographical and Genetic History in Donor Conception Eric Blyth , a Lucy Frith , b Caroline Jones c and Jennifer M. Speirs d a) School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersﬁ eld b) School of Population, Community & Behavioural Sciences, Th e University of Liverpool c) School of Law, University of Southampton d) School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh Abstract In 1984, among its recommendations for the regulation of assisted conception services in the UK, the Warnock Committee proposed that the birth certiﬁ cate of a donor-conceived person should record the fact of donor conception. While this proposal was never implemented, over twenty years later, a Joint Committee of the House of Lords and House of Commons recommended the use of birth certiﬁ cates as a means of enabling donor–conceived persons to learn the nature of their con- ception. In response, the Government has committed to review the role of birth certiﬁ cates. Th is paper represents an initial contribution to this exercise. It
The International Journal of Children's Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: DONOR-CONCEPTION; IDENTITY; RIGHTS; BIRTH CERTIFICATES
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