Olivia Pratten wins court case

19 May
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The Canadian PressB.C. judge says anonymity for sperm, egg donors is unconstitutional
VANCOUVER – A woman born as a result of donor insemination has won her lawsuit seeking to end the anonymity of sperm and egg donors in B.C.
Olivia Pratten was conceived in 1981 as a result of donor insemination.
After fruitless efforts to obtain records about the sperm donor, Pratten sued the provincial government, arguing that the provincial law discriminated against people born from such donations because they don’t have the same ability to learn their genetic roots as adopted children.
In a ruling released today, B.C. Supreme Court Judge Elaine Adair agrees that the B.C. Adoption Act of 1996 is unconstitutional.
The judge grants a permanent injunction against the destruction of donor records in B.C.
But the ruling gives the B.C. government 15 months to amend the law to address the offspring of such reproductive technologies.

Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Ethics


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6 responses to “Olivia Pratten wins court case

  1. The adopted ones

    May 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Just found a more complete story and of course the comments are always worth getting frustrated over…


  2. damianhadams

    May 20, 2011 at 1:22 am

    This is another landmark ruling in addition to the Rose case (UK) and the Senate Inquiry (Aus).
    Hopefully more people around the world will take their cases before the court, although it is only likely (and unfortunatley) to succeed in jurisdictions where there is sufficient legals grounds to pursue it. In this case it was a charter of rights.
    Congratulations to Olivia and all DC people in British Columbia.
    You are right the comments that get left on those news sights are very frustrating and in the majority of cases by people who have no idea of the situation or the facts.


    • The adopted ones

      May 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Damian – thanks for commenting. BC is one of the most progressive Provinces when it comes to adoptee rights and I am very glad this issue has been brought forward. I hope Canada overall looks to the UK for input in this old but yet new to the legislation issue.


  3. Karen Ro

    May 20, 2011 at 3:59 am

    It almost sounds like she wants to collect money from her sperm donor “father”. She needs to understand, this was just a donor – not her Dad. He doesn’t owe her a father-daughter relationship, because he never agreed to one in the first place.


    • The adopted ones

      May 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks for your comment Karen…although I have no idea where you got the she is only in it for the money concept. Do you have any direct knowledge of how it feels to be Donor Conceived? If not, then do you really have the right to assign motives to an individual and judge her intentions solely based on the two newspaper articles?


    • Eddie

      July 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      here’s where the money goes, see paragraphs two and seven



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