On the Other Hand...

It occurred to me that the issues around medical history and anonymous sperm donation for which I proposed a solution here are probably already moot. All the relevant information that could be derived from family medical history, and more, is encoded in the child's genes.

The current state of genetic technology being what it is, we can't interpret all the information in our genes, so parental medical history still has a unique role to play in assessing the risks a particular patient faces. But it's very likely that by the time any child conceived through artificial insemination today grows to an age where he begins to face these risks, our knowledge of genetics will have progressed to the point where analysis of family medical history can tell us nothing that we can't already determine with greater certainty through genetic analysis.

So while policies designed to increase the availability of parental medical history to children conceived through artificial insemination may have been useful a generation or two ago, it's probably too late for them to do any good now.

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