Sperm donors' privacy rights should trump rights of offspring, Vancouver court told

Neal Hall reports:

The privacy rights of anonymous sperm donors should outweigh the constitutional rights of donor offspring, a government lawyer argued today.

Leah Greathead, the lawyer representing B.C.’S attorney general, told a B.C. Supreme Court judge that Olivia Pratten has a very sympathetic claim — she wants to know details of her genetic history from her biological father, a sperm donor.

“It is important to know your genetic history,” the lawyer conceded…]But, she added, “There is no right for everyone to know their genetic heritage.”


Pratten has filed a lawsuit — believed to be the first of its kind in North America — that seeks to strike down the B.C Adoption Act on the grounds that it is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

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