Should Bionormativity Be a Concern in Gamete Donation?

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 16 (2):138-161 (2023)
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An important argument against removing donor anonymity is that such state-mandated policies might validate bionormative attitudes about the importance of genetic relatedness in families. Bionormative attitudes can be unjustly disparaging and harmful to a wide range of families including donor-conceived, adopted, and single-parent families. However, studies show that the majority of donor-conceived individuals want donor anonymity removed. This paper explores the question of how to weigh these desires for knowing the donor—which may be grounded in biased and bionormative assumptions—against the competing concern that removing donor anonymity perpetuates attitudes that may be harmful.



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