We advocate for changes in U.S. laws to promote access to information regarding your genetic identity. With the loss of anonymity there should be no surprises about who your genetic parents are. Mental health professionals advise people to tell their children at an early age about their unique conception (be it assisted conception, adoption, or a different genetic parent than supporting parent) to prevent later trauma in your child’s life. Learning of unexpected genetic parentage later in life can be very traumatic and often leaves a person with a sense of betrayal.
You Have a Right to Know . . .
- your medical history;
- your cultural heritage;
- what makes you tick; and
- who your genetic relatives are.
Facilitate Change in U.S. Law
We believe the US should join many countries in the world who have modernized their laws surrounding adoption and assisted conception to reflect changes in technology and societal opinions. The US should:
- Regulate the fertility industry to set standards of care for handling of gametes including DNA testing of specimens, requiring recording keeping & reporting, limiting the number of live births for gamete providers, and having legal consequences to fraud in any aspect of the process.
- Prohibit anonymity in adoption or assisted conception.
- Provide easy access to records for adoptees and people conceived through assisted conception by creating a free national registry.
- Let’s start with Fertility Fraud
Your Birth Certificate
We advocate for birth certificates to genetic parents and legal parents. A long-form birth certificate should have the names of genetic father and genetic mother (who have no legal obligations or rights) and supporting parents who are legally responsible for a child as well as a space for a surrogate. People could print a short form version with just the supporting parents on it however, when a child turns 18, they would have access to the long form of their birth certificate. Including genetic parents gives you the right to know your genetic history. Your genetic and supporting parent(s) could be the same, your supporting parent(s) could be your adoptive parent(s), or could be a step-parent.