For those interested in finding more information about donor conception SBS' INSIGHT has the following programme soon to be aired.

“MAKING BABIES” will be broadcast on TUESDAY MAY 30th at 7.30pm on SBS. Repeated on Friday at 1pm and Monday at 2pm.

SYNOPSIS

From July 1 this year, 18 year old Victorians who were born using a donated egg or sperm may be contacted by their donor. This worries many parents who haven’t told their kids they were conceived through the help of a donor. It’s estimated that only 30% of Australian children who are donor conceived know it.

So should donors have the right to contact their offspring, or should it be up to the kids?

The Victorian Law Reform Commission argues that it should be the child’s decision and has put forward interim recommendations to reform the legislation.

This situation raises a complex set of questions surrounding donor conception. How do parents tell their kids, and what effect will it have on them? And what rights should donors have when it comes to their offspring? In the eyes of the law, and more importantly the children, are donors parents or not?

At a time when infertility in Australia is on the rise, donor conception is increasingly becoming an option for prospective parents. But sperm donors are concerned about possible legal complications, and egg donations and surrogacy are rapidly becoming expensive commodities, with an international market now operating. Can we regulate the business of baby making when it’s happening elsewhere?

Coming soon to INSIGHT we bring together donors, donor conceived children, parents, and fertility experts to discuss the increasingly complicated ways families are being formed.

“MAKING BABIES” will be broadcast on TUESDAY MAY 30th at 7.30pm on SBS. Repeated on Friday at 1pm and Monday at 2pm.