New Ruling Ends Donor Anonymity in Canada


Via the Vancouver Sun:

A B.C.-born woman has won a landmark court battle to give children of gamete donors the same rights as adopted children to learn about their biological parents, after a judge struck down B.C.'s Adoption Act as being unconstitutional.

Olivia Pratten filed the lawsuit — the first of its kind in North America — to try to get the same rights for offspring born as a result of anonymous sperm, egg and embryo donors as adopted children have to learn about their complete genetic makeup when they come of age.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elaine Adair ruled Thursday in a 123-page decision that B.C. Adoption Act regulations were unconstitutional.